Hurricane Florence was a powerful and long-lived Cape Verde hurricane that caused severe and extensive damage in the Carolinas in September 2018, primarily as a result of freshwater flooding. Florence dropped a maximum total of 35.93 inches of rain in Elizabethtown, North Carolina, becoming the wettest tropical cyclone recorded in North Carolina, and also the eighth-wettest overall in the contiguous United States.
As the storm moved inland, heavy rain caused widespread inland flooding, inundating cities such as Fayetteville, Smithfield, Lumberton, Durham, and Chapel Hill, as major rivers such as the Neuse River, Eno River, Cape Fear River, and Lumber Riverall spilled over their banks. Most major roads and highways in the area experienced flooding, with large stretches of I-40, I-95, and US Route 70 remaining impassable for days after the storm had passed. The city of Wilmington was cut off entirely from the rest of the mainland by floodwaters. The storm also spawned tornadoes in several places along its path. Many places received record-breaking rainfall, with more than 30 inches measured in some locations. At least 48 deaths were attributed to the storm, and damage is currently estimated at more than $38 billion.
Team 180 immediately took action, and began gathering supplies and recruits to head toward the Carolina's, once the flood waters resided. Working along side the Mayor of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Team 180 hit the streets, delivering food, cleaning supplies, housing supplies, and HOPE to victims of the hurricane.