Written by Staff Writer by Fiona Fobes, CNN
Hurricane Florence churned across the East Coast as a Category 1 storm over the weekend, causing catastrophic damage in North Carolina and as far west as Virginia.
In full swing, the storm battered the coast with high winds and rain, turning roads into rivers, flooding entire towns and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate their homes.
North Carolina state officials called Florence “historic and catastrophic” in its devastation. On Monday, the National Weather Service announced that Florence caused more than 50 deaths — 26 in North Carolina. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said that the number of storm-related deaths in his state is expected to rise.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said Monday his state also expects to see “an escalation” in storm-related fatalities as the storm continues.
One of the most striking footage recorded during the storm was a drone video that captures the devastating power of a tornado. The video was filmed last Wednesday, around 100 miles east of the storm’s epicenter, and captures one of the tornado’s most ferocious strikes: a four-tenths of a mile long funnel, touching down between Possum Kingdom Lake and Chechessee Lake.
Here’s a visual guide to understanding and experiencing the storm’s power — both visual and physical:
1 / 12 US President Donald Trump, third from right, walks down a road evacuated due to the US North Carolina floods, at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, US, June 3, 2018. Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/AFP/Getty Images