NORTH CAROLINA — Monday marks two years since Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina.
The storm came inland near Wrightsville Beach as a Category 1 hurricane on September 14, 2018. At one point Florence was a Category 4 storm over the Atlantic, but it weakened before making a direct hit on North Carolina.
Most residents in southeastern North Carolina probably do not remember the winds with Florence, but many definitely remember the rain.
Florence slowed down as it came inland and stalled for a while producing up to 36 inches of rain.
Catastrophic flooding developed, impacting some of the same areas that had been devastated by flooding from Hurricane Matthew just two years before Florence.
Florence's rains made an already wet year the wettest on record in the state. Wilmington ended 2018 with over 100 inches of rain.
According to statistics from the State Climate Office, 45 deaths were attributed to Hurricane Florence just in North Carolina. That makes Florence the fourth-deadliest hurricane on record for the state behind unnamed storms in July 1916 and September 1883 and Hurricane Floyd in 1999.
Damage from Florence in North Carolina was estimated at $17 billion. That's more than the combined damage from Hurricanes Floyd in 1999 and Matthew in 2016.