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Impacts on North Carolina

Hurricane Florence was not too bad in Charlotte where I live - just lots of rain and some brief power outages. However, my relatives in Eastern NC were more impacted. Several of them fled to one relative's home that was on higher ground, but even that home had water coming up to the front door so they were trapped inside the house. Incredible really. There are some solutions for Eastern North Carolina in the short term (few years) but the bigger issues for the area are long term….What will happen to homes and livelihoods in places like Lumberton? Wilmington? New Bern? less affluent rural areas that still have inaccessible washed out roads? Will folks leave forever and abandon these towns?

All photographs above courtesy of CNN Hurricane Alert

An abandoned van on a flooded road near New Bern on 9/14. LOGAN CYRUS/AFP/Getty Images

An abandoned van on a flooded road near New Bern on 9/14. LOGAN CYRUS/AFP/Getty Images

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