He warned South Carolinians to not drive over roads covered with 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. Rainfall totals of 26.58 inches have submerged much of the city, cutting it off from the rest of the state.
The storm is responsible for at least 37 deaths, including 27 in North Carolina, eight in SC and two in Virginia. Hurricane Florence brought storm surge which overflowed from the Trent River and forced many residents of Trent Court to evacuate. Sections of major interstates in the Carolinas are still closed due to major flooding.
Members of North Carolina's congressional delegation have said they expect a relief package to move through Congress next week, Moore and Berger said, they want to clear the red tape as soon as possible so federal money can be immediately directed to the appropriate state agencies.
ABC never referred to climate change in its coverage of Florence, Public Citizen found; its over-the-air colleagues did little better, with CBS and NBC airing one segment apiece that mentioned Florence and climate change together (out of 63 and 73 hurricane segments, respectively).
"We've been working to address environmental hazards caused by industrial waste mismanagement in North Carolina for over two decades", said Will Hendrick, Waterkeeper Alliance staff attorney and manager of the Pure Farms, Pure Waters campaign in a statement received by EcoWatch. An 81-year-old man who was found dead inside a vehicle in Dillon County after it was swept away by water, was among the victims in SC, the department tweeted on Thursday. The utility said it did not think any coal ash was at risk.
North Carolina's hog and other concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, produce nearly 10 billion gallons of fecal waste a year, according to the Environmental Working Group and Waterkeeper Alliance.
Roy Cooper's office said Friday evening that there are now 32 confirmed dead in that state.
More than 1,100 roads were still closed across North Carolina, Cooper said, including several portions of interstates 40 and 95. "God bless you", Trump said during a briefing in Havelock, North Carolina. Some of them have been washed out entirely.