Florence's rain leads to destructive wall of water snaking down Carolinas

Florence's rain leads to destructive wall of water snaking down Carolinas

Florence's rain leads to destructive wall of water snaking down Carolinas

After last weekend's high winds and rain that was measured in feet, followed by this week's rising rivers and standing water in fields, early farm reports are confirming pre-storm worries about losses to tobacco, cotton and corn crops.

Governor Cooper described the effects of Hurricane Florence as epic and disastrous.

Flood waters need to lower before authorities can send inspectors to determine the extent of spills, Michael Regan, leader of the state's environmental agency, said in Saturday's press conference.

However, a portion of I-95 remained closed Friday over the border in North Carolina at Exit 13, the S.C. Transportation Department warned in a news release.

At least 36 people have died as a result of the storm, according to CNN.

Social media users have been sharing before and after pictures of the storm's destruction on Twitter. SC crop damage is now estimated at $125 million.

ASSOCIATED PRESS           People wait for a distribution area to open and hand out MREs water and tarps in Wilmington N.C
ASSOCIATED PRESS People wait for a distribution area to open and hand out MREs water and tarps in Wilmington N.C

President Donald Trump is scheduled to arrive in North Carolina on Wednesday to survey the damage caused by Florence.

The state is using drones to get photos and video from the site of a dam breach at the L.V. Sutton Power Station in Wilmington, where gray muck has been seen flowing into the Cape Fear River, and at the H.F. Lee Power Plant near Goldsboro, said Michael Regan, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. "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".

The coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina, was still mostly cut off by floodwaters on Friday.

"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". "This will be an on-going process and we are continuing to evaluate the regions' needs with the goal of assisting impacted communities return to normalcy as quickly as possible".

Duke Energy spokesperson Jeff Brooks says it has already restored power to 1.6 million customers in North and SC. They will likely be closed at least until almost the end of September, according to North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon.

The flood has been giving so much warning to Horry County, South Carolina, that officials published a detailed map of places that flooded in 2016 and warned those same places were going underwater again. The Cape Fear river is expected to crest Sunday and remain at flood stage through early next week. The industrial waste, generated by coal-burning power plants, contains heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, and mercury, which carry health risks. The National Hurricane Center said it was monitoring four areas in the Atlantic for signs of a new tropical weather threat.

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