Startling before and after images show Hurricane Florence's true power

Jan Cross
September 22, 2018

Previously, North Carolina's rainfall record from a storm was 24 inches, set by Hurricane Floyd almost twenty years ago.

More than 54,000 homes and businesses in the Carolinas were still without power on Friday, a week after Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina coast on September 14, according to local power companies.

He says first responders "continue to show unflinching courage in the face of danger". Rivers at some sites are not forecast to crest for days, including near Conway, S.C.

"Although the winds are gone and the rain is not falling, the water is still there and the worst is still to come", said South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster.

On Tuesday, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture issued the mortality totals of livestock as the Department of Environmental Quality says that a dam in Duplin County was breached and numerous state's 16 rivers were at major flood stages. The city of Georgetown on Friday will hand out 15,000 sandbags as the county develops plans to evacuate residents.

The president later told reporters the homeowner told Trump his insurance company didn't want to pay for the damage, according to the report.

Officials are maintaining their plea for motorists to avoid areas still experiencing flooding.

The current push to save animals will, by necessity, be followed by a more grisly effort: The need to quickly and safely get rid of millions of carcasses that carry significant health risks.

"Please heed the warnings", Sheriff Lane Cribb said.

More flooding is expected over the weekend in the aftermath of the storm.

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North Carolina is the second largest hog-farming state in the US, according to Quartz.

In cities well inland, like Fayetteville, North Carolina, the floodwaters are continuing to rise, even as the main remnants of the storm moved over the Mid-Atlantic states and into New England on Tuesday. 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. Duke Energy said a dam containing a large lake at Wilmington power plant had been breached by floodwaters from Florence, and it was possible that coal ash from an adjacent dump was flowing into the Cape Fear River in North Carolina. Environmentalists warn that from-for problems with a high water also resulted in a serious leak of sewage.

On Wednesday, 7,800 residents remained in shelters across North Carolina.

Waggoner reported from Raleigh, North Carolina.

Forecasters said floodwaters in parts of coastal SC won't reach their highest levels until next week.

And in yet another miserable twist of nature, floating balls of fire ants have emerged, like the ones that plagued Harvey survivors in the Houston area.

Leaders in the Carolinas warned residents not to get complacent as it became plain that additional horrors lie ahead before things get much better. "I've already been bitten". "Many roads remain impassable".

President Donald Trump arrived in North Carolina on Wednesday to survey damage. McMaster is asking for funding for half of the state's 46 counties.

McMaster estimates the storm recovery will cost about $1.2 billion, according to the letter he sent to the state's congressional delegation. USA 17, near Georgetown, also was in imminent danger of flooding, the Transportation Department said.

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