North Carolina Public Works Department clear roadways and block water-logged streets. (Photo: City of Greenvile Twitter [@GreenvilleGov])
A pair of boats wind up near the New Bern railroad bridge. (Photo: Bernie Bear, New Bern, N.C.)
A pair of boats wind up near the New Bern railroad bridge. (Photo: Bernie Bear, New Bern, N.C.)
Residents walk along a street blocked by a fallen tree during Hurricane Florence in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S.(Photo: Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg)
Debris lies on the ground at a Royal Dutch Shell Plc gas station damaged during Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S. (Photo: Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg)


A fallen tree is show after it crashed through the home where a woman and her baby were killed in Wilmington, N.C. (Photo: AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
A home sits in flood waters in Nichols, S.C. (Photo: AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Children look at a fallen tree lying on a damaged home after Hurricane Florence hit in Wilmington, North Carolina. (Photo: Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg)
A car stands partially submerged in floodwaters during Tropical Storm Florence near Beulaville, North Carolina, U.S. (Photo: Callaghan O'Hare/Bloomberg)
A gas station stands damaged during Tropical Storm Florence near Topsail, North Carolina. (Photo: Callaghan O'Hare/Bloomberg)


While the full extent of Hurricane Florence’s damage will not be determined for quite some time, it’s destructive power has been felt by many in the Carolinas and Virginia. As of Sept. 17, the storm had claimed at least 31 lives, and more than 1.7 million people have been affected by evacuation orders as flash flooding continues to devastate North Carolina communities.

Karen Clark & Company estimates that the insured loss will be close to $2.5 billion. The modeled estimates include losses to residential, commercial and industrial properties as well as automobiles.

Related: Florence leaving catastrophic flooding in Carolinas [photos]

Trouble’s brewing

Hurricane Florence weakened to a tropical storm, but more than 20 inches of rain has drenched the region, and the total may reach 40 inches in some areas by the time Florence has passed, Bloomberg reports.

On top of this, the Atlantic Ocean may soon get five named storms for the first time ever. It hasn’t seen four named storms — Hurricane Florence and tropical storms Helene, Issac and Joyce — at the same time since 2008, with Tropical Storm Kick being the fifth, Bloomberg reports.

While the full extent of its damage remains to be seen, click through the slideshow below to see Hurricane Florence’s impact early on.

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