Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

81-year-old man dies in Florence's floodwaters in SC

81-year-old man dies in Florence's floodwaters in SC

But news audiences were rarely informed about the contribution of human-caused climate disruption to the devastating storm, according to a study of hurricane coverage by Public Citizen.

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".

In a phone interview Friday, Kinlaw estimated 100 people were evacuated Thursday night and that about 50 people remain in the town.

Officials downstream sounded dire alarms, pointing out the property destruction and environmental disasters left in Florence's wake. He said it's the third time in the last four years the Waccamaw River has flooded, and this time, it's rising quickly.

The SC Highway Patrol and Dillon County Coroner are investigating. They also warned people to not get caught off guard as rivers that briefly receded were periodically rising back.

President Donald Trump visited North and SC on Wednesday, saying the government will be there to help. 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.

Mayor Lawson Battle said that as far as he knew, everyone in the town of about 360 people evacuated as the water first started to invade town Monday.

At least 24 of Florence's victims died in vehicles, and most were in accidents linked to flooding.

"Please don't make yourself someone who needs to be rescued", he said.

And in SC, emergency managers ordered about 500 people to flee homes along the Lynches River.

More than 62,000 homes and businesses in the Carolinas were still without power on Friday, a week after Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina coast on September 14, according to local power companies.

McMaster also says while the sun is shining and the rain is over, the worst is still to come.

After the briefing, Trump stopped in New Bern, North Carolina, a city of about 30,000 that took a major punch from the hurricane.

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Hurricane Florence was the worst flooding event in East Coast history, according to some reports.

Florence County emergency management officials issued the order Friday morning for about 500 people along 58 roads and streets in the area.

"People in flood prone areas or near waterways need to remain alert as rivers crest and stay above their banks in coming days", Cooper said.

The county has opened emergency shelters in Florence, Lake City, Johnsonville and Coward.

Waggoner reported from Raleigh, North Carolina.

Highway Patrol Cpl. Sonny Collins said the pickup ran off state Highway 57, crashed and ended up in the water.

McMaster said Friday he had "contacted or attempted to speak personally with the families of everyone who we lost during this crisis, this tragedy", including the families of Newton and Green.

Six deaths have been confirmed in neighboring SC, with the latest being the driver of a pickup truck who drove into standing water in Lexington County.

Some areas are expected to be at risk from even higher water levels through the end of the weekend.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster agrees.

The President then met with local and state officials, SC senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, and Congressman Tom Rice at the Horry County Emergency Operations Center, assuring them that Washington is behind the county and will provide federal help.

North Carolina governor Roy Cooper says the state is still tallying its storm damage, but says it will be in the billions.

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