Sep 23, 2018

In photos: Hurricane Florence's floods as seen from space

Floodwaters from Hurricane Florence inundate Longs, South Carolina. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

The flooding from Hurricane Florence continues in the Carolinas, after the storm dumped an epic amount of rain. Rising waters have breached dams and overtopped levees, and pollution concerns are growing as hog waste and coal ash enters swollen rivers and lakes.

The big picture: Photos taken using DigitalGlobe's satellites show a dramatic contrast between the landscape before and after this historic storm. The company, which operates a fleet of Earth imaging satellites for civilian and government use, released these images as rivers were still rising.

The images are centered around the community of Wallace, North Carolina, about 35 miles to the northeast of Wilmington, near the Cape Fear River.

Satellite images showing flooding from Hurricane Florence in Wallace, North Carolina, on Sept. 20. Photos: DigitalGlobe.
A flooded chicken farm near Wallace, North Carolina, on Sept. 20. Photos: DigitalGlobe.
Flooded Henderson Field Airport as seen from space on Sept. 20. Photos: DigitalGlobe.
Flooded Riverside Landing in Wallace, North Carolina, due to Hurricane Florence. Photos: DigitalGlobe.

What's next: In some parts of the Carolinas, rivers are still rising. Floodwaters will slowly recede this week, leaving behind a massive, multiyear cleanup effort.

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Florida and Georgia governors ordered all residents to stay at home late Wednesday, with exceptions for those engaged in essential services, including health care and government functions.

The big picture: In a matter of weeks, the number of states that issued orders nearly quadrupled, affecting almost 300 million Americans.

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White House recommends Americans wear masks in public

New Yorker wearing a homemade face covering. Photo: Selcuk Acar/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The White House announced that the CDC is recommending Americans wear cloth masks or face coverings in public to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, President Trump said at a press briefing on Friday — emphasizing the guidance is "voluntary."

Why it matters: The use of face coverings could stop people who have the virus, whether they have symptoms or not, from spreading it further when they go out in public.

Trump calls to fill up more places with oil

President Trump is calling on the Energy Department to find more places to store oil, in the wake of rock-bottom prices and an ensuing economic collapse of the sector itself.

Driving the news: Trump’s comments came Friday during a televised portion of a meeting he hosted with industry CEOs to discuss ways to help the sector. It’s reeling from a historic drop-off in demand with the world shutting down to slow the spread of the coronavirus.