South Carolina

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

A car is inundated with floodwaters caused by Hurricane Florence at an apartment complex at Aberdeen Country Club on September 20, 2018 in Longs, South Carolina.
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.

Florence's floodwaters rise even as rainfall exits Carolinas

Hurricane Florence leaves behind severe flooding in Latta, South Carolina.
Parts of a South Carolina neighborhood are flooded from Hurricane Florence. Photo: Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images

After record-shattering rainfall from Hurricane Florence, rivers in North Carolina are continuing to rise to never-before-seen levels, inundating entire communities and prompting thousands to hastily evacuate. At least 23 people have perished in the storm and its aftermath so far, and this number is likely to rise.

The big picture: Florence, along with Hurricane Harvey that struck Texas last year, has finally confirmed that measuring a hurricane's intensity based solely on its winds is misleading at best. Florence, for example, set all-time rainfall records for any tropical storm or hurricane in North and South Carolina, and it has sent many rivers rising to record levels.