Before Hurricane Florence made landfall, we were all hoping the tropical storm weakened before it hit shore.
While millions were prepared for the possibility of a deadly hurricane in early September, we prayed that it wouldn't leave extensive amounts of damage.
Unfortunately, that wasn't the case.
Florence accelerated into a Category 4 storm that resulted in 11 reported deaths and caused approximately $18 billion in damages.
The photos of the aftermath are undeniably spine-chilling.
North Carolina's port city, Wilmington, sustained a considerable amount of damage.
According to reports, the city has now become an island that's cut off from the rest of the world, and people are unable to get in or out of the city.
"Every single road coming into the city or New Hanover County is impassable. The river has not crested and will not until possibly Tuesday," said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo (D).
Social media users affected by Florence were quick to post images and videos of the aftermath.
Despite having no power, citizens tried to make best of the situation.
It's no wonder that utility crews are working overtime to restore power to more than one million homes.
Despite these difficult conditions, local heroes are doing the best they can, and their good deed is gaining lots of praise.
The evidence of all their hard work can be summed up in this last Snapchat story:
Without these brave and hardworking individuals, who knows when Wilmington would have their power restored.
There's still a lot of work to be done, but these local heroes won't stop until their town is able to get back on its feet.