Florence After Five

In September 2018, Hurricane Florence bore down on North Carolina for five days, producing record-breaking rainfall totals and leaving widespread flooding and damage in its wake.

For the five-year anniversary of the storm, we’re taking a detailed look at Florence, from the lead-up to the storm through the ongoing recovery efforts. The posts are listed and linked below:

An aerial photo of a flooded section of Interstate 40 in Pender County after Hurricane Florence
Interstate 40 flooded in Pender County after Florence. (Photo from NCDOT)

This four-part blog post series is based on interviews with two dozen citizens, scientists, and state and local officials who experienced Florence and its impacts first-hand. We wish to thank everyone who shared their time and their memories of Florence to make these posts possible, listed below in order of appearance in the blog:

  • Steve Pfaff and Mark Bacon (National Weather Service in Wilmington, NC)
  • Jonathan Blaes and Barrett Smith (National Weather Service in Raleigh, NC)
  • Robert Welch (CoCoRaHS observer)
  • Kevin Kalbaugh and Diana Thomas (NC Emergency Management)
  • Matt Lauffer (NC Department of Transportation)
  • Karen Amspacher (Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center)
  • Scott Kennedy (National Weather Service in Newport/Morehead City, NC)
  • Sissy Mills (Jones County Emergency Services)
  • Jeff Marcus (The Nature Conservancy)
  • Mike Martin (NC Wildlife Resources Commission)
  • Dr. Marcelo Ardón (NC State University, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources)
  • Della King and Amanda Hatcher (Duplin County Cooperative Extension)
  • Mark Seitz (Pender County Cooperative Extension)
  • Dr. Amanda Martin and Maggie Battaglin (North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency)
  • Hope Thomson (UNC Environmental Finance Center)
  • Dr. Erin Seekamp (NC State University, Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Initiative)
  • Dr. Rick Luettich (UNC Chapel Hill, Coastal Resilience Center)
  • Dr. Gary Lackmann and Katy Hollinger (NC State University, Dept. of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Science)