Flooding on tap for SC, a week after Florence

Aerial views of flooding and submerged homes in Lumberton N.C. on Thursday

That Hurricane Florence broke rainfall records for tropical storms in both North and SC shouldn't be surprising, as global climate change has increased extreme precipitation in all areas of the continental United States.

About 25 miles (40 kilometers) nearer to the SC coast, Kevin Tovornik was tearing soggy carpet out of the house he has owned for 20 years in Conway, where the Waccamaw River was still rising.

North Carolina emergency department officials said 23 truckloads of Meals, Ready to Eat - packaged USA military rations - and crates of bottled water had been sent into Wilmington. "We put a lot of heart and soul into putting it back up".

Access improved at least temporarily to Wilmington, a North Carolina port city of 120,000 that has been isolated for days by high water. With the Waccamaw river forecast to slowly rise to a crest 4 feet (1.2 meters) above its previous record in those storms around Tuesday, Tovornik says he knows his house is doomed this time.

The storm has resulted in the deaths of at least 32 people, 26 in North Carolina, according to Gov. Roy Cooper.

President Trump descended from his jumbo jet onto Cherry Point this morning to assess the damage from Hurricane Florence and was met with an array of local and federal politicians. On September 20, 2018, power plant operator Duke Energy reported that about 2,000 cubic yards of the harmful waste had been displaced from one of the landfills.

Duke Energy has activated a high-level emergency alert at a retired coal-fired power plant near Wilmington, North Carolina, as floodwaters from the nearby Cape Fear River overtopped an earthen dike and inundated a large lake. Meanwhile, a section of Interstate 95 was closed anew because bridges crossing the Great Pee Dee River flooded, said officials in SC.

Then there is the danger of coal ash polluting the water supply as well.

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan surveys flooding and damage from Hurricane Florence during a helicopter ride from Raleigh to Wilmington N.C. on Wednesday. Buchanan also assisted after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico
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"They got hit, but the big hit comes days later and it will be the biggest they've ever had", said Trump, who visited North and SC this week. Officials announced the end of a curfew and the resumption of regular trash pickup.

"And we have not only the record amounts that have dropped on SC, particularly in this third of the state, but we have the water coming down from North Carolina, because we have three watersheds, three river sheds: the Waccamaw, the Pee Dee, and the Lynches River". More than 100,000 homes are still without electricity days after the storm.

"This is an epic storm that is still continuing", Cooper said. Some are waiting for the water levels to recede, while others are unable to return home either because the roads remain closed or because they have no way to get there. Some of them have been washed out entirely.

In addition to the loss of the chickens, the company said it will be unable to hatch and place live broilers in the field at its normal rate during the coming week.

One man had time to build a 6-foot-high dirt berm around his house.

The Waccamaw River has started its slow rise in the city of 23,000, and forecasters expect it to swell almost a metre (three feet) above the previous record crest by Tuesday while still rising.

He warned South Carolinians to not drive over roads covered with water.

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