This slow-motion, river-flooding disaster will continue well into next week. Officials say at least 40 people have been killed.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday visited North and SC, where flood levels continue to rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. More than 200 roads across the state were closed or blocked as residents.
In a Friday press conference, McMaster said the state’s resources and personnel had shifted to the PeeDee region.
Cooper’s sentiments were echoed by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, who said Friday: “Although the winds are gone and the rain is not falling, the water is still there and the worst is still to come”.
The preliminary breakdown includes losses and federal recovery fund estimates of $125 million for the state’s agriculture industry and $165 million for the National Flood Insurance Program.
As if the flooding were not enough, officials confirmed Thursday that Florence had spawned more than a dozen tornadoes, with more expected in the coming days. Blackhawk helicopters were used to pluck many of them to safety.
And in SC, emergency managers ordered about 500 people to flee homes along the Lynches River. No improvements were made to the area after Matthew, she said. Raised in barns, they can become trapped and drown in floods. “We know it’s coming”, he said.
Hurricane Florence was supposed to be dead and buried in the graveyard of the Atlantic, but like a vampire rising from the grave this storm seems to be refusing to die and may yet return to haunt the U.S. and the UK.
A ninth person has died in SC because of Hurricane Florence bringing the total death toll for the massive storm and its subsequent record-shattering flooding to 42 people. North Carolina is the top producing state of the tubers, and Smith grows 150 acres of them, only three of which he’s been able to harvest so far. The statement says a 46-year-old man in Brunswick County died when a tree he was cutting feel on him.
Authorities are also investigating the deaths of two mental health patients in Horry County. “Please … do not try to return home yet”. “We have no staff”, Bender said, noting that he’s not sure if he will be able to open his town office even if he can reach it. The state is sending inspectors into farm areas to assess the damage, but as of Wednesday they were waiting for flood waters to recede in many areas, the department said in a release. “We never learn from any of these storms”. Environmentalists warn that from-for problems with a high water also resulted in a serious leak of sewage.
Water from the flooded Waccamaw River surrounds a house in Conway, S.C., earlier this week. Sheehan described the incident as a “developing situation” and said the company can’t rule out that ash might be escaping and flowing into the river. According to the National Weather Service, nearly 36 inches (91 centimeters) of rain fell over the city that lies along alongside the Cape Fear River.
Florence is blamed for at least 42 deaths in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
“The biggest risk is burying your head in the sand and not understanding your exposure”, he said.
The LV Sutton coal power plant was retired in 2013, and today the plant operates as a natural gas plant, which Duke said continued to operate safely and is being monitored.
Hurricane Florence has claimed 31 lives in North Carolina, by the state’s count.
From there they went to the town’s fire department, and were taken out of town by an Army truck.