These photos show how much Hurricane Florence 'ravaged' the Carolinas

21 Septembre, 2018, 02:03 | Auteur: Therese Cote
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Global warming has increased the likelihood of more massive, sluggish storms like Florence, capable of dropping record amounts of rain and causing the type of catastrophic flooding that crippled North and SC this week, experts said.

Twenty-one flood gauges showed major or moderate flooding early on Thursday in southeast North Carolina and northeast SC, where major waterways, well above their flood stages, were forecast to rise through the weekend before they crest, the National Weather Service said.

Major flooding on North Carolina's Little River earlier this week swallowed buildings and forced evacuations.

The National Weather Service said Tuesday that even with Florence gone, a stretch of the eastern US spanning hundreds of miles from SC to Virginia was still vulnerable to moderate or major flooding.

North Carolina's Department of Environmental Quality tracked 21 swine waste lagoons that were discharging into floodwaters and an additional 17 that were being inundated. Large mounds of manure are also typically stored at poultry farms.

In 1954, Hurricane Hazel tore through Haiti and North and SC, killing 95 people in the USA and as many as 1,000 people in Haiti.

"It is a storm like no other", Cooper said.

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"We are all with you a hundred percent and we will get through it, I think the most exciting part is the rebuilding, there's a lot, I flew over it, and there's a lot of damage and you haven't really been hit yet compared to what's coming".

The S.C. Emergency Management Division and S.C. Disaster Recovery Office provided preliminary estimates in anticipation of actual damage assessments, according to the governor's office.

Hurricane Florence caused more than $1.2 billion in damages in South Carolina, Gov. Henry McMaster estimated Thursday in a letter to members of the state's congressional delegation asking for their help in getting federal aid.

The water is everywhere - flooding interstates, swamping homes and swelling rivers that keep climbing. The AP is reporting that over five million gallons of partially treated sewage has spilled into the Cape Fear River after power went out at a treatment plant. North and SC both backed Trump in the 2016 election, and the president largely saw people who were happy to greet him.

Duke Energy is continuing cleanup operations Tuesday following a weekend breach at a coal ash landfill at its L.V. Sutton Power Station near Wilmington. About 10,000 remained in shelters, the department said. Coal ash contains arsenic, mercury and other toxic heavy metals.

"We had significant rainfall. and we're still anticipating that some of the tributaries are draining into the upper Cape Fear". They have been placed on administrative leave, the HCSO said in a statement. It plans to close all its ash dumps by 2029. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, and South Carolina Sens.

"The Waccamaw is forecast to reach 20.4 feet on Monday morning and keep rising". That's nine feet above flood stage and would set a new record height.


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