Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

More flooding feared for SC

More flooding feared for SC

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.

The storm has resulted in the deaths of at least 32 people, 26 in North Carolina, according to Gov. Roy Cooper.

At least 42 people have died, included an elderly man whose body was found in a pickup truck that had been submerged in SC, and hundreds were forced from their homes as rivers kept swelling higher.

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.

But they said access to the city of 120,000 was still limited and asked people who evacuated to wait a few more days. His statement says that in the past week, first responders and emergency teams have conducted almost 5,000 rescues in storm-ravaged areas.

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Hurricane Florence, which came ashore last Friday with torrential rains, has caused more outdoor hog manure pits to collapse and overflow in North Carolina than Hurricane Matthew did in 2016, according to state data, stoking concern about possible water contamination.

As rivers swollen to record levels started to recede Thursday in North Carolina, officials tried to head off potential environmental disasters and prepared for more record flooding downstream in SC.

Florence has claimed eight lives in SC thus far, and flooding is expected to worsen later this week and into next.

Although Hurricane Florence has long since departed, the severe effects of the storm were still felt along the Carolina coast Thursday.

Roads remain treacherous, he said, and some are still being closed for the first time as rivers swelled by torrential rains inland drain toward the Atlantic.

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At the same time, meteorologists can't please the residents of North Carolina and SC.

The total death toll from Florence is now at 41 across the Carolinas and Virginia, officials said. Though the hurricane packed 90 miles per hour (145 kph) winds as it came ashore, the amount of water Florence pushed ashore and dropped inland has swamped vast areas still vulnerable to rising rivers.

Much of Columbus County, where Fair Bluff is located, was under water, according to Steve Abbott of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, with most roads closed and "driving not advised".

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. One was off the coast of the Carolinas with a chance of drifting toward the coast.

More lagoons were at risk of overflowing in the days ahead, state data showed, including 30 that are filled to the brim with waste and water, and another 25 with zero to three inches of space to spare.

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