Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin told the Leaders Summit on Climate on April 22 that "climate change is making the world more unsafe and we need to act."
More than 40 percent of the district's households were impacted by the hurricane.
We take a look back at the images that defined the second half of the year.
Hurricane Florence wasn't the only cause of the rise in the amphibian population.
Freeman Scott Ireland was released on parole in May after serving 20 years.
The storm has been linked to 45 deaths, while the damage caused is estimated to exceed $38 billion.
The frequency of more potent storms is growing, but the storms are also slowing down in speed, inundating the ground below.
Flooding is expected persist in coastal parts of the Carolinas for days as the high-water crest of numerous rivers keeps moving downstream toward the ocean.
Officials warned that areas outside of flooding zones could be cut off from emergency responders if roads flood.
"This picture was taken in 2008 and using it to attack CNN is disrespectful to me, my son and our family...." the widow of a CNN crew member in the photo with Anderson Cooper tweeted.
The yacht had washed up in the man's backyard in North Carolina during Hurricane Florence.
The president's golf course is located just north of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Hurricane Florence swept across North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, causing widespread death and destruction.
The six-time NBA champion and North Carolina native said it's "special to help out an area you know very well."
One Tennessee trucker was on a mission to save "the leftovers" from harm's way.
The restaurant is normally closed on Sunday, but franchise owners wanted to help, and employees were more than willing to come in.
Some online posts in the days leading up to Hurricane Florence were legitimate requests from families needing food, shelter or a ride. But many were getting overshadowed by messages from those seeking flings or offering services with a catch.