Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

New evacuations ordered because of Florence flooding, dam breaches in NC

New evacuations ordered because of Florence flooding, dam breaches in NC

Officials in Florence County, South Carolina, are ordering almost 2,000 more people to leave their homes and get out of the way of the rising Lynches River.

He said he would be traveling later in the day to SC to inspect more hurricane damage.

Officers say it appears the water knocked the man's vehicle off the roadway.

The most rainfall recorded in SC was in the town of Loris, where 23.81 inches (0.6 meters) fell.

Oliver Kelly, 1, cries as he is carried off the sheriff's airboat during his rescue from rising flood waters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Leland, North Carolina, Sept. 16, 2018.

People in coastal Horry County and nearby areas had enough warning and certainty about where the water was going that hundreds loaded furniture from their homes into trucks and flatbeds to take to higher ground.

What made the situation worse was Florence's languid, 6 kph pace, and its proximity to the coastline which provided the storm access to an unlimited supply of water vapor from the warm Atlantic Ocean.

Hurricane Florence may be gone, but the effects of the storm are far from over. Aside from the Duke Energy breach, state-owned utility Santee Cooper in SC is placing an inflatable dam around a coal ash pond near Conway, saying the extra 2.5 feet (76 centimeters) should be enough to keep floodwaters out.

One the eve of his trip to the Carolinas to survey the damage from Hurricane Florence, President Trump appeared in a video in which he described the storm as "one of the wettest we've ever seen from the standpoint of water".

"I'm so sad just thinking about all the work we put in".

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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Frustration and sheer exhaustion are building as thousands of people wait to go home seven days after the storm began battering the coast.

Nearly exactly one year ago, DOT announced another round of quick-release emergency relief funds.

Cooper said at a news conference Friday that the National Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard "heroically saved lives" when they rescued the people in the town of Kelly in Bladen County on Thursday night.

The detainees were women being transported from Waccamaw Mental Health and Loris Hospital to a behavioural health hospital in Darlington, South Carolina, according to the Associated Press.

The National Weather Service estimated that North Carolina got 8.04 trillion gallons of rain during Hurricane Florence, which weakened and lingered over the Carolinas for days.

"I think he just said have a good time!" the reporter gasped.

According to a September 20 announcement from the state's Department of Public Safety, many roads will remain impassable for the next 72 hours, depending on when local rivers crest.

The hurricane prompted widespread evacuations and about 10,000 people remain in shelters, the governor said. Roofs were peeled off laboratory buildings and dormitories at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and the University of North Carolina in Wilmington.

He said he was confident the state would "build our way out" of what he called possibly the "worst disaster" to hit in its history, with the cooperation of "Team South Carolina" and Trump.

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