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After The Rains, Casualties Mount Amid Florence's Still-Rising Floodwaters

22 September 2018

Aerial imagery from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, from an altitude of 2,500 to 5,000 feet, offers zoomed-in views where you can see the specific fields and structures swamped by the storm. Here are the cities and counties that Hurricane Florence drenched the most.

About 55,000 homes and businesses remain without power after Florence, almost all in North Carolina, and down from a high of more than 900,000 in three states.

Here's the unofficial, radar-estimated storm total rainfall from #Florence over all NC (actual gauge-measured amounts not included).

"We are anxious right now that the water is gonna come up 4 feet higher than Hurricane Matthew levels, which were an all-time record and that's going to be pretty devastating", City Administrator Adam Emrick said. And plenty of roads are still closed in the storm's wake.

"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.

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A ninth person has died in SC because of Hurricane Florence bringing the total death toll for the massive storm and its subsequent record-shattering flooding to 42 people.

"Major flooding is underway on several North and SC rivers, including the Cape Fear, Northeast Cape Fear, Lumber, Waccamaw, PeeDee and Little PeeDee", the USGS warned in a news release earlier this week.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety says the statewide death toll is nine.

North Carolina continues to bear the brunt of Florence's deadly deluge, as rivers continue to rise and thousands of homes and roadways remain submerged.

"They didn't clean the ditches", she said.

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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. A photograph posted by the state transportation agency showed flowing water and buckled asphalt on a highway that had been one of the few passable routes into the city, where officials have distributed food and water to residents. Environmentalists worry the toxic coal ash stored there could spill into the Cape Fear River.

"The damage in the northeastern part of our state will be catastrophic, surpassing anything recorded in modern history", he added.

Officials have ordered evacuations along the Lynches River in eastern SC because of flooding from Hurricane Florence. He asked Congress for help.

"We continue to feel the effects of this massive storm", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said on Tuesday. On Friday afternoon, a dam was breached at a North Carolina Duke Energy plant. The National Hurricane Center said it was monitoring four areas in the Atlantic for signs of a new tropical weather threat. One was off the coast of the Carolinas with a chance of drifting toward the coast.

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After The Rains, Casualties Mount Amid Florence's Still-Rising Floodwaters