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Why rivers rise long after a hurricane is gone

Florence damaged the coast with storm surges, but farther inland the worst was yet to come.
hurricane florence flooding

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard help civilians into a boat during a flood post-Florence

Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Stephen Kelly

Update: This week, in the Georgetown, South Carolina area were asked to evacuate in anticipation of intense flooding. The rising waters are due to the rainfall unleashed by Hurricane Florence last week. Although Florence's rains stopped days ago—and left the region now being urged to evacuate due to the full moon will exacerbate the problem. Forecasts call for 8 to 10 feet of flooding in some places, with water levels peaking late Wednesday into early Thursday.

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