Hurricane Florence by the numbers

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Among the numbers are the number of tornadoes spawned, deaths recorded, water distributed and estimated cost of debris removal.

The region is still digging its way out of the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, but preliminary numbers are taking shape and give a better picture of what the the Carolinas weathered.

From the storm itself to the damage incurred by the winds, rain and flooding in the days and weeks after, here is Hurricane Florence by the numbers.

4: Tornadoes spawned by Florence in New Hanover County… so far (crews still investigating possible touchdowns)
5 feet: Highest storm surge measured on Surf City’s coast
19: Days the University of North Carolina Wilmington will have been closed when it reopens Oct. 8, marking the longest it has ever been closed for a weather event
20.3 feet: Crest of Black River in Pender County after Hurricane Florence (19.3 feet after Hurricane Matthew)
23.02: Inches of rainfall measured at Wilmington International Airport (Sept. 13-16), making it the wettest month on record for Wilmington
32: Debris crews working simultaneously at the height of the cut-and-push clearing of roads in Wilmington
37: Number of deaths caused by Florence in North Carolina (48 total across three states)
66 mph: Sustained winds measured in Wilmington by the National Weather Service
105 mph: Strongest gust measured in Wilmington
1,215: New Hanover County residents who in one of five shelters before the storm through Sept. 19
3,100-5,000: Number of buildings damaged in Pender County
5,357: Number of tarps distributed at New Hanover County’s distribution sites through Sept. 25
12,699: Cases of water distributed at New Hanover County’s distribution sites through Sept. 25
105,000: Residents in Wilmington without power at the height of the storm
1.2 million: Cubic yards of debris estimated to be collected by city of Wilmington staff once clean-up is completed
$13 million – $20 million: The estimated cost of debris cleanup in Wilmington
$220 million: Preliminary property damage estimate in Wilmington
$360 million: Amount of state funding designated for hurricane relief assistance

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