Startling before and after images show Hurricane Florence's true power

22 September, 2018, 12:39 | Author: Patty Aguilar
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President Trump said nearly 20,000 military personnel and federal workers were deployed to help with the aftermath of the storm, The Associated Press reported. An 81-year-old man who was found dead inside a vehicle in Dillon County after it was swept away by water, was among the victims in SC, the department tweeted on Thursday.

That Hurricane Florence broke rainfall records for tropical storms in both North and SC shouldn't be surprising, as global climate change has increased extreme precipitation in all areas of the continental United States.

Around the state since the storm hit last week, first responders have performed about 5,000 rescues so far, Gov. Roy Cooper said.

About 4,700 people across North Carolina have been rescued by boat or helicopter since the storm made landfall, twice as many as in Hurricane Matthew two years ago, while about 10,000 remain in shelters.

Meanwhile, about 56,000 homes and business remained without electrical power as of Friday afternoon.

South Carolina's Department of Transportation (SCDOT) ordered Interstate 95 in Florence County closed at around 6:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday evening - hours after this news outlet sounded the alarm about rising flood waters spilling over the banks of the Great Pee Dee River.

Jim Fraboni is preparing for the worst as an "unheard" amount of floodwater from Hurricane Florence is slowly flowing through the Carolinas.

And the effects from the slow-moving storm were still being felt Tuesday as record inland river flooding was impacting areas such as Pollocksville in Jones County, where USA 17 was impassable.

"Although the winds are gone and the rain is not falling, the water is still there and the worst is still to come", said South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster.

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Thirty-one deaths have been attributed to the storm in North Carolina, eight in SC and one in Virginia.

"We are anxious right now that the water is gonna come up 4 feet higher than Hurricane Matthew levels, which were an all-time record and that's going to be pretty devastating", City Administrator Adam Emrick said.

McMaster estimated the damage from flooding in his state at $1.2 billion.

The flood has been giving so much warning to Horry County, South Carolina, that officials published a detailed map of places that flooded in 2016 and warned those same places were going underwater again.

There is also some concern that hog lagoons and their farms could harm human health, according to the Times.

Along the Cape Fear River, David and Benetta White and their four children were given short notice to evacuate overnight as floodwaters swept over their property. One was off the coast of the Carolinas with a chance of drifting toward land.

When Matthew hit the state, it flooded more than 140 hog and poultry barns, more than a dozen open hog waste pits and thousands of acres of manure-saturated fields, the Environmental Working Group and Waterkeeper Alliance reported.

Paige Sheehan, a spokeswoman for Duke Energy which runs the LV Sutton Power Station, said floodwaters had breached a steel-retaining wall containing a large coal ash dump along the shoreline.


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