Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Death toll rises to 43 in aftermath of Florence

Death toll rises to 43 in aftermath of Florence

At least 43 people have died since the hurricane slammed into the coast more than a week ago.

The storm formerly known as Florence - which hit North Carolina as a Hurricane last Friday and then proceeded to drop historic rainfall over much of the state - has brought catastrophic and deadly flooding to inland cities and coastal communities alike. Agricultural losses will be in the billions.

As floodwaters continued to rise, concerns grew about environmental and health dangers.

"It's going to get rough for SC", he told them.

Conway's city spokesman Taylor Newell said water could be "4 feet higher" there than when Hurricane Matthew struck in 2016. One was off the coast of the Carolinas with a chance of drifting toward land.

"We're at the end of the line of all waters to come down", said Georgetown County Administrator Sel Hemingway, as he warned the area may see a flood like it has never seen before.

There are still unanswered questions surrounding the deaths of two mental health patients who drowned Tuesday in a prison transport van swept away by rising floodwater in SC. "What have we been doing for two years?"

"We had to evacuate again, all over again, and got trapped in a bunch of water in a vehicle and nearly lost our lives", she said. "We'll just have to start from the bottom again".

"We plan to conduct flyovers and partner with the Department of Transportation to see if we can ascertain. whether any coal ash has filtered into the Cape Fear River", Regan said.

Florence is blamed for at least 42 deaths in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Some residents are waiting until the floodwater recedes from their homes. And they're my friends and they have gone through the tough stuff. Blackhawk helicopters were used to pluck many of them to safety.

More than 54,000 homes and businesses were without power in the Carolinas on Friday afternoon. "We are anxious about Friday".

In Bladen County, North Carolina, about 100 people and 33 animals were rescued "in a unsafe operation in the middle of the night" after a dam burst, Cooper said in another post. "It's wearing on a lot of people here, trying to keep their sanity together".

"Our farmers took extraordinary measures in advance of this storm, including moving thousands of animals out of harm's way as the hurricane approached", the council said in a statement.

North Carolina's Department of Environmental Quality said on Tuesday that the walls of four pits holding hog waste, known as lagoons, had given way because of the storm, thirteen pits had overflowed due to rain, and nine were inundated by floodwaters.

About 25 miles (40 kilometers) nearer to the SC coast, Kevin Tovornik tore out carpet and removed furniture as a preventative measure because he expected flooding at the house he has owned for 20 years in Conway, where the Waccamaw River was still rising.

ESRI/NOAAFields and farmed were covered by water.

Authorities have said 23 out of the 46 counties in SC could potentially be impacted by flooding.

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