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Hurricane Florence fills Georgetown rivers

(Landsat 8 over Georgetown, S.C. after Hurricane Florence) | (Landsat 8 over Georgetown, S.C. after Hurricane Florence)

Landsat 8 over Georgetown, S.C. after Hurricane Florence Landsat 8 over Georgetown, S.C. after Hurricane Florence

Weeks after Hurricane Florence made landfall, the impact of the storm’s intense precipitation is still being felt across the Carolinas.

Georgetown, South Carolina rests on the banks of Winyah Bay where 5 rivers meet.

These false color Landsat 8 images from Aug. 9 and Sept. 26, 2018 show the saturation in the city and surrounding areas.

In the Aug. 9 image, the rivers are black, while the land surrounding the river banks appears in shades of brown and tan, peppered with patches of green vegetation.

In the second image, many of those areas are darkened by saturated soils, particularly along the Sampit River to the west and along the Waccamah and Pee Dee rivers to the north.

Water continued to rise in parts of the Carolinas through the week of Sept. 24, which began ten days after Florence made landfall. Landsat imagery archived at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center can be used to monitor the extent of flooding.