For instance, if the hurricane in question is a squall, the storm might also result in flooding. Florence was classed as such, and the ensuing heavy rainfall led to rising water levels. Consequently, some areas across North and South Carolina experienced power failures and lethal deluges.
In fact, the water levels in certain Carolina areas broke records, reaching heights of 30 inches or more. It was enough to isolate Wilmington completely and render major roads such as US Route 70 impossible for cars to navigate.
North Carolina alone experienced $10 billion of property damage, but the biggest cost was in human lives. By the lowest estimate, Florence’s wrath caused the deaths of 53 people. In addition, agriculture businesses endured heavy losses, particularly with regards to their animals.