Hurricane Florence is beginning to lash the US East Coast. While it remains to be seen how destructive the storm will be, here's how it storm compares to other devastating storms in history. In many cases, the wind speed isn't the only factor in how costly the storms were.
Rain and wind from Hurricane Florence started hitting the North Carolina coast on Thursday. Now a Category 2 storm with maximum winds of 105 mph, Florence is bringing life-threatening rainfall and storm surge.
Some counties in North Carolina and South Carolina have been ordered to evacuate, particularly near the coast.
While it remains to be seen just what impact the storm will have, Florence is expected to bring storm surge up to 13 feet in some areas, and up to 40 inches of rain could fall.
For comparison, here's a look at the strength of and damage caused by other recent, notable storms that hit the US.
In many cases, the maximum wind speed isn't the only factor in just how costly a hurricane is. Often, storm surge — the rapid rise of water pushed onto shore as a result of a hurricane's winds — and rainfall can have disastrous consequences.
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