Clearing skies reveal Florence’s wrath in hard-hit counties

  • Richard Lombardi, Chris Barber and Gary Barber move furniture from Lombardi’s home that was damaged by Hurricane Florence Tuesday Sept. 18, 2018 in Boiling Spring Lakes,N.C. (Ken Blevins/The Star-News via AP)

  • Water runs through a damaged roadway from Hurricane Florence at Alton Lennon Drive in Boiling Spring Lakes, N.C. ,Tuesday Sept. 18, 2018. (Ken Blevins /The Star-News via AP)

  • Residents wave to a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter from their flooded home in Burgaw, NC., Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. . (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

  • A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew prepares to hoist a group of stranded residents from their flooded homes in Burgaw, NC., Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. . (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

The sun is finally shining over parts of the Carolinas, but the clearing skies are only revealing the extent of Florence’s wrath . Though the hurricane packed 90 mph (145 kph) winds as it came ashore, the amount of water Florence pushed ashore and dropped inland has swamped vast areas still vulnerable to rising rivers. Here are snapshots from the counties hit the hardest:

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