Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Hurricane Florence Causes Widespread Flooding in The Carolinas

Hurricane Florence Causes Widespread Flooding in The Carolinas

Waggoner and Robertson reported from Raleigh, N.C. Also contributing to this report were Associated Press writers Jeffrey Collins in Columbia, South Carolina; Meg Kinnard in Galivants Ferry, South Carolina; Jay Reeves in Birmingham, Alabama and Michael Biesecker in Washington.

A new round of evacuations was ordered in South Carolina Friday as the trillions of gallons of water dumped by Hurricane Florence meanders to the sea, raising river levels and threatening more destruction. About a dozen rivers in North and SC have overflowed their banks. This slow-motion, river-flooding disaster will continue well into next week.

President Donald Trump is scheduled to arrive in North Carolina on Wednesday to survey the damage caused by Florence.

For example, the Cape Fear River in North Carolina crested at 61.6 feet on Wednesday - more than 25 feet above flood stage and 7 feet below the all-time record.

He warned flooding would continue into next week, meaning "that lives are still at risk".

Flooding across the Carolinas was expected to worsen over the next couple of days, forecasters said.

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Storm surge swamped portions of New Bern and eastern Craven County, requiring more than 300 water rescues in the area.

Aerial view of farms flooded after the passing of Hurricane Florence in eastern North Carolina on September 17, 2018. Preliminary estimates say the storm did $22 billion in damage across the region, which would put Florence among the top 10 costliest storms in USA history. "All of that water is coming your way and people don't know that and they assume, you look outside and you see this handsome weather but over the next couple of days it's going to get rough in SC".

SC governor Henry McMaster estimated his state has already suffered $1.2bn in damage. McMaster asked congressional leaders to hurry federal aid.

Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center said it was monitoring four areas in the Atlantic for signs of a new tropical weather threat. One was off the coast of the Carolinas with a chance of drifting toward land. Some areas are still on on high alert due to the ongoing threat of flooding as rivers and lakes crest.

Floodwaters have killed nearly three-and-a-half million chickens and over 5,000 hostages. And waste from those hog farms has been leaking into floodwaters. More than 300,000 across the state remained without power as of Tuesday morning, according to Duke Progress Energy.

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