NASA sent out the following tweet this afternoon showing how one of its satellites tracked the record-shattering amount of rain to fall on the Carolinas in the wake of Hurricane Joaquin passing the mid-Atlantic.

While the GIF is interesting, and mesmerizing to look at, it's important to note that that quick spreading of red and purple, especially over South Carolina, represents serious flooding in the area that has so far cost seven people their lives. Thousands more have been affected by the rain and flooding, whether either losing electricity at their homes, or their homes entirely. According to the New York Times, the weather is expected to continue to assault the region for another two days.

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