Storm-weary face more floods


Officials have ordered evacuations along the Lynches River in eastern SC because of flooding from Hurricane Florence.

The death toll from Storm Florence has risen to 37 after officials confirmed the deaths of two SC mental health patients, officials say.

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.

Jim Fraboni is preparing for the worst as an "unheard" amount of floodwater from Hurricane Florence is slowly flowing through the Carolinas.

Dakota Smith, a meteorologist for Weather Nation, has shared more than a dozen similar before-and-after scenes using NOAA's aerial imagery on Twitter.

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

President Trump said there's going to be a rebuilding process and that will start soon.

More than 8,100 North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia residents, forced to evacuate, are still living in Red Cross shelters or with family and friends.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster estimated his state has already suffered $1.2 billion in damage.

And in Conway, S.C., the river is still rising.

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Trump then returned to the White House and praised the "tremendous talent and spirit" of people taking up the "ongoing fight against Hurricane Florence".

He indicated that the federal government has the resources and money to help.

"When outlets fail to connect these events to global warming, audiences are left uninformed about some of the most critical decisions we face", David Arkush, who directs Public Citizen's climate program, said in a statement.

Global warming has greatly increased the chances of another storm of Harvey's magnitude hitting Texas again, according to a published study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Kerry Emanuel.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Waccamaw River in Conway, which was already at 13.5 feet above flood level on September 19, and was expected to rise by 1.5 feet a day starting September 20.

Almost 3 feet of rain fell in places, and dozens of cities had more than 10 inches of rain.

The decision to close the road comes less than 12 hours after the department had reopened a 9-mile (14-kilometer) stretch of the highway near the North Carolina state line, which had meant the entire highway was open in the state.

The Little Pee Dee has crested in some regions at over 46ft (14m) and its flooding has impacted town water supplies, officials say.

Roy Cooper says about 100 people were evacuated by boat and air after the Cape Fear River breached a levee and flooded a town. North Carolina is the nation's top producer of tobacco.

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.