Myrtle Beach, South Carolina—Lane Pittman takes a lone, oddly patriotic stand against Florence, defying wind and rain on deserted Ocean Boulevard on September 14. After making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane and slowing to a tropical depression, Florence assaulted the Carolinas with overwhelming rain and wind, leaving catastrophic flooding. Three days later, at least 23 people were reported dead. Meanwhile, Typhoon Mangkhut battered the Philippines and triggered a series of devastating landslides. Dozens were killed in the storm.