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In case you missed it: Florence leaves devastating flooding in Carolinas; Deadly Typhoon Mangkhut creates apocalyptic scenes in Philippines, China

By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather staff writer
September 22, 2018, 6:49:43 AM EDT

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Florence pummeled coastal areas of the Carolinas last weekend, but it left behind catastrophic flooding that persisted throughout the week.

A record-breaking 35.93 inches of rain was reported in Elizabethtown, North Carolina.

Some areas were left under 3 feet of water. At least 43 people were killed as a result of the storm and hundreds were forced into temporary shelter.

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The home of Kenny Babb is surrounded by water as he retrieves a paddle that floated away while the Little River continues to rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Linden, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)


River cresting is still a major concern as some areas may get even more flooding.

“Days after Florence first hit our state, we continue to feel the effects of this massive storm,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said. “Even though there is no substantial rain in the forecast and the sun may be shining across many parts of our state, rivers continue to rise and we will see more flooding."

Meanwhile, Typhoon Mangkhut ripped through the Philippines and southern China, creating apocalyptic scenes as the strong storm blasted the region.

Videos across social media showed the total destruction the storm was capable of: ripping parts of buildings off, throwing people amid the high winds and swaying skyscrapers.

Mangkhut, known as Ompong in the Philippines, made landfall on the northern tip of Luzon on Friday night, local time. The storm reached peak intensity on Wednesday, Sept. 12, when Mangkhut became the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic and eastern Pacific.

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Residents and relatives of miners in Itogon township, Benguet province in the northern Philippines, carry their belongings as they evacuate to following landslides triggered by Typhoon Mangkhut burying an unknown number of miners and isolating the township Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. Typhoon Mangkhut barreled into southern China on Sunday after lashing the northern Philippines with strong winds and heavy rain that left more than dozens dead from landslides and drownings. (AP Photo/Jayjay Landingin)


At least 74 people were killed in the Philippines and another four were killed in China. At least 2.4 million people in Guangdong, a province in China, evacuated ahead of the storm's second landfall.

In the Philippines, damage was widespread.

“Almost all of the buildings here have been damaged, the roofs were blown away,” Rogelio Sending, a government official in Tuguegarao, the capital of Cagayan province, told Reuters. “There has been no electricity supply ... communications were also down."

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Severe weather swept through Virginia this week, killing one person amid as tornadoes struck the region.

Local officials in Chesterfield, near Richmond, reported that one person was killed because of a building collapse.

The high winds and twisters overturned cars and ripped apart buildings.


Strong thunderstorms dumped inches of rain across parts of Wisconsin this week, sending dozens into temporary shelter in Green Bay due to flooding.

At least 100 people were evacuated from flooded buildings, including a retirement home, local fire department officials told the Green Bay Press Gazette.

Crews rescued at least 50 people from flooded vehicles.

Rainfall from Florence tracked up the East Coast, creating flooding issues as far as New York City.

Commuters snapped pictures and took video of water gushing onto train tracks at Penn Station. Flooding also ensued in parts of Queens.


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