In case you missed it: Carolinas brace for destructive Florence; Texas flooding kills mom and infant amid heavy rain
By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather staff writer
September 14, 2018, 10:02:50 AM EDT
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Hurricane Florence churned in the Atlantic this week, growing into a major hurricane before weakening as it approached the Carolinas.
People along the East coast of the United States spent the week evacuating, stocking up on supplies and preparing their homes for devastating flooding and storm surge.
Hundreds of thousands of people evacuated ahead of the storm. In South Carolina, officials implemented lane reversals on Interstate 26 to ease the mass of traffic away from the coast.
Myrtle Beach residents were placed under curfew on Thursday night.
Florence officially made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, as a Category 1 hurricane. The National Hurricane Center reports the storm's landfall occurred at 7:15 a.m.
For the latest on Hurricane Florence, follow our live coverage here.
While Hurricane Florence and its catastrophic impacts to the United States East Coast have made worldwide headlines this week, take a look at what other weather has been affecting the country.
Wet weather has plagued Texas recently, and intense rainfall led to the death of a young woman and her child in Fort Worth this week.
The two drowned in their car after being swept by floodwaters into a culvert.
Another man died after floodwaters overtook his vehicle, submerging it, the Dallas Morning News reported.
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Southern Texas has been hit by significant rain as well.
In just 13 days, San Antonio, Texas, has received nearly four times its normal rainfall for the entire month of September.
A man was swept up and killed by high waves on Lake Michigan last weekend, officials said.
Rescue teams had to use a helicopter for their search efforts because the seas were so choppy. The 26-year-old man was swept into the water off the North Avenue Beach in Chicago.
Flooding also overtook parts of Pennsylvania this week.
Roads in Huntington, Pennsylvania, were impassible after heavy rainfall. The wet weather also flooded sports fields and other community properties.
The Snell and Delta fires have raged in California this week.
The Delta fire, near Sacramento, grew to nearly 60,000 acres late this week. However, winds diminished, allowing fire personnel to take hold of the flames.
Evacuation orders ended on Wednesday night. The fire forced several truckers to abandon their big rigs and at least four were overtaken by the blaze, the Sacramento Bee reported.
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