Florence evacuees return as others brace for more flooding

Florence death toll jumps to 31 as flooding wreaks havoc - The Jakarta Post

In South Carolina, the flooding has damaged cotton, peanut and hemp crops.

Traffic is further snarled by a project on U.S. Highway 501 to build a wall to keep the river from overtopping a bridge that serves as the main link to Myrtle Beach.

"Although the winds are gone and the rain is not falling, the water is still there and the worst is still to come in the Pee Dee", South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said Friday, referring to the eastern part of the state.

The Miami Herald never mentioned global warming in 21 stories on Hurricane Florence, Public Citizen found-despite being based in one of the USA cities most vulnerable to climate change.

People in coastal Horry County and nearby areas had enough warning and certainty about where the water was going that hundreds loaded furniture from their homes into trucks and flatbeds to take to higher ground.

State-owned utility Santee Cooper in SC is placing an inflatable dam around a coal ash pond near Conway, saying the extra 2.5 feet should be enough to keep floodwaters out.

Tens of thousands were ordered to evacuate communities along North Carolina's steadily rising rivers.

President Donald Trump told a crowd of military and local and state of officials this morning that the federal government resources are at the disposal of North Carolina following hurricane Florence.

"People in flood prone areas or near waterways need to remain alert as rivers crest and stay above their banks in coming days", Cooper said.

Two years ago, flooding ruined the baseboards and carpet.

Florence is blamed for at least 41 deaths in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

"We can't wait to go back home and live a normal life again, hopefully on Wednesday".

At least 37 people have died in three states because of the storm; 24 of those died in vehicles, the AP reports.

"I think he just said have a good time!" the reporter gasped.

Forecasters grew increasingly anxious about New Bern being flooded by storm surge on the Neuse River the closer Florence got to the coast, and their fears proved to be well-founded: a 10-foot (3-meter) surge was reported in the city, along with more than 16 inches (40 centimeters) of rainfall.

When the water eventually recedes, North Carolina residents will have to not only deal with the usual clean-up challenges but also added health-risks caused by its key industries: pig farming and coal power generation. Officials warned more than 10 percent of the county's 61,000 residents might have to evacuate sometime next week, but called that a worst-case scenario and they couldn't give any specific forecast.

Tripp Winslow, medical director of North Carolina Emergency Medical Services, helped set up the mobile emergency room during a downpour on Saturday night.

Traveling with him were the four US senators from North and South Carolina, Office of Management and Budget Director and former South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

Meantime, swine losses in North Carolina are estimated at 5,500, state veterinarian Dr. Doug Meckes said.

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