I'm on the ground for Tropical Storm Florence, which has caused catastrophic flooding and damage. Here's what I'm seeing.

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WILMINGTON, North Carolina – We’ve been on the coast of North Carolina since last Wednesday night, about a day before Tropical Storm Florence crashed into the coast of the Carolinas.

The storm has since killed at least 15 people and caused catastrophic flooding and damage – and the harrowing situation is still not over.

Although hamstrung by closed and flooded roads, we’ve seen as much as we could, driving around cities and towns such as Wilmington, Jacksonville, and Richlands, among others.

And the flooding and damage are certainly as bad as the reports have said and shown.

Here’s some of what we’ve seen.


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A car is stuck on a heavily flooded road near Richlands, North Carolina.

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Mr. Walters, 56, anxiously stands outside of his house in Richlands, North Carolina, where the flooded creek in his backyard had created a moat around his home.

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Walters said there was still about six feet to go before the waters reached his house, but he was going to hold out for as long as he could because it would be difficult to move his son, who is disabled. He also said he loved his house and proceeded to list all his possessions that he feared he would lose.


Fallen trees and a damaged brick wall in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina.

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A view from a US Marine seven-ton truck travelling over a flooded road in Richlands.


The canopy of a gas station toppled over near Holly Ridge, North Carolina.

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Here’s another angle.

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A semitruck got stuck on a flooded highway outside of Jacksonville.

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A church is nearly flooded over outside of Richlands.

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A massive fallen tree on a vehicle in downtown Wilmington.

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Downed street lights hang over the flooded Burnett Boulevard in Wilmington.

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Several cars got stuck in flooded waters on Highway 17 in North Carolina between New Bern and Jacksonville.

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A man named Kenny watches a pickup truck pass through a heavily flooded road, which almost rose above the vehicle’s hood, near Jacksonville.

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A pickup truck and garage in flooded waters near Wilmington.

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A Marine veteran named Josh stands with an American flag draped over his shoulders in front of a large fallen tree in downtown Wilmington.

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