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Updated: 12 p.m. ET, September 17, 2018.
Hurricane Florence made landfall on Friday, September 14 near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane. Now downgraded to a tropical storm, slow-moving Florence has brought devastating flooding to the Carolinas, particularly North Carolina, and officials say the storm won’t let up until Tuesday at the earliest.
As of Sunday night, the storm had claimed at least 11 lives, and more than 1.7 million people have been affected by evacuation orders as flash flooding continues to devastate North Carolina communities.
More than 550,000 customers are without power in North Carolina, and 64,000 households without power in South Carolina. The majority of the outages are reported in the coastal counties of Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Pamlico, Pender, and Onslow. Officials have warned restoring electricity could take days or even weeks.
As the rain and flooding continues, so does the destruction. Click through the slideshow below for a few of the first few images of the devastation caused by Hurricane Florence.
A pickup truck drives on a flooded road past a farm house that is surrounded by flooded fields from tropical storm Florence in Hyde County, NC., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (Photo: AP Photo/Steve Helber)
A sailboat is shoved up against a house and a collapsed garage Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, after heavy wind and rain from Florence, now a tropical storm, blew through New Bern, N.C. (Photo: AP Photo/Steve Helber)
A fallen tree is shown after it crashed through the home where a woman and her baby were killed in Wilmington, N.C., after Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (Photo: AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
People survey the damage caused by Hurricane Florence on Front Street in downtown New Bern, N.C., on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (Photo: AP Photo/Chris Seward)
Boats are stacked up on each other in a marina as a result from Florence in New Bern, NC., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (Photo: AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Rescue personnel use a small boat as they go house to house checking for flood victims from Florence, in New Bern, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (Photo: AP Photo/Steve Helber)
A farm house is surrounded by flood waters from tropical storm Florence in Hyde County, NC., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (Photo: AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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Danielle Ling is an experienced video journalist and business reporter. As associate editor, Danielle manages all multimedia and reports on industry news and risk-related coverage, managing all weather-related content. A University of Maryland and Philip Merrill College of Journalism alum, Danielle previously served as a video journalist for Verizon FiOS 1 News NJ, Push Pause. Connect with Danielle on LinkedIn or email her at [email protected].