Astonishing before-and-after aerial photos show scale of Hurricane Florence damage

Eleanor Rose
The aerial images show the aftermath of Hurricane Florence: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Shocking before-and-after aerial images have shown the scale of the damage wreaked by Hurricane Florence on the coastline of North and South Carolina.

The US's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is assessing the damage shown in pictures captured by planes kitted out with special cameras.

The photographs, which are being taken daily and were last updated on Tuesday, show roads flooded, streets buried in sand, and beaches eroded to half their previous size.

In one image, sections of Anderson Boulevard at Topsail Beach are submerged under dark pools of water while Ocean Boulevard, which runs along the seafront, is covered in places by sand.

An image from September 17, 2018, shows dark pools of standing water blocking roads (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Earlier pictures taken of the same spot by NOAA show long, wide beaches and calmer waters.

A 2014 aerial image shows larger beaches (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

North of that spot, the mouth of an inlet close to Chadwick Acres is shown considerably widened in the post-storm pictures.

This inlet has widened because of storm erosion (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

The earlier image from 2014 shows a spit of sand that is entirely eroded in the later photographs.

A 2014 image shows a spit that disappeared in the storm (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Further up the beach, a headland was shown to have been blunted as sandbanks were claimed by the sea.

Significant erosion was seen to this headland (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

An aerial image from 2014 shows a much larger beach, with houses set back further from the seafront.

This earlier image shows sandy dunes stretching out much further (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

US president Donald Trump is expected on Wednesday to visit North and South Carolina, where thousands of homes and roadways remain underwater and swollen rivers threaten more flooding less than a week after Hurricane Florence made landfall.

Florence has killed at least 35 people, including 26 in North Carolina and eight in South Carolina, where authorities said two mental health patients drowned on Tuesday after a sheriff's van they were in crashed.

Thousands of rescues have taken place in the Carolinas. Florence has dumped up to 36 inches (91 cm) of rain in parts of North Carolina since last Thursday.

At least 16 rivers remain at a major flood stage, with three others set to crest in the coming days in North Carolina, the state said.