Florence-weary SC could get more record flooding

Doug Carpenter
September 22, 2018

"This is going to be a lot worse", Fraboni told CNN affiliate WBTW.

"Just like you, we have questions we want answered". Of those, 27 died in North Carolina, including in Duplin County, where the Sandersons live.

Florence has already killed at least 35 people, including 26 in North Carolina and eight in SC where local media reported that two mental health patients drowned on Tuesday when the sheriff's van the women were in crashed. "If the sheer number of animals makes evacuation extremely difficult or impossible, then a hard look needs to be taken at the number of animals being cared for and the opportunity for them to be considered in an emergency plan". Residential streets have turned into rivers and freeways have morphed into waterways.

Flooding, in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, is seen in and around Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S., September 19, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media on September 21, 2018.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says the state is still tallying its storm damage, but says it will be in the billions.

Trump was apparently talking to an older man whose home had been damaged after a large yacht had washed ashore and was shipwrecked against the wooden deck of his porch.

Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, said in a news release Thursday that he wanted the legislature to return on October 9 to handle Hurricane Florence relief. He asked evacuees to stay where they are and not return home just yet.

The governor praised the work of the first responders, saying they have evacuated people from rising floodwaters and "continue to show unflinching courage in the face of danger". But the state said in a Tweet late Wednesday: "No safe, stable and reliable route now exists for the public to get to and from Wilmington".

The Little Pee Dee has crested in some regions at over 46ft (14m) and its flooding has impacted town water supplies, officials say. In South Carolina, 40 major roads were closed.

President Donald Trump is expected to visit the Carolinas on Wednesday to survey the storm damage.

At Fayetteville, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) inland, near the Army's sprawling Fort Bragg, flooding from Cape Fear River got so bad that authorities closed a vehicle bridge after the water began touching girders supporting the span's top deck.

Four days ago, the Cape Fear River was 15 feet deep.

Almost 2 feet (60 centimeters) of rain fell over this coastal county. Tovornik said Friday he was trying to get back to the house to tear out the carpet so it would not sit wet on his subfloor for days or weeks.

"We can attribute that additional rainfall to human-induced climate change", said Kevin Reed, a professor at Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, who contributed to the study.

"There are many roads where water levels will continue to rise making the roads impassable during the next 72 hours or more depending on when the local rivers crest", NCDOT said, adding that travel was not recommended in several counties, including Cumberland, Duplin and Harnett.

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