Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
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100 evacuated from flooded N. Carolina town

100 evacuated from flooded N. Carolina town

He and his wife have seen floodwater rush in and damage his home for 22 years - but this time feels different. They've been moving many of their belongings to the attic, hoping the water won't rise higher than their house in Horry County, South Carolina.

"These millions of deaths were preventable, but as long as a market exists for animal flesh, some people will turn a profit at the expense of animals", a spokesperson told EcoWatch in an email.

North Carolina is the top producing state of the tubers, and Smith grows 150 acres of them, only three of which he's been able to harvest so far. Residential streets have turned into rivers and freeways have morphed into waterways.

Imagery from NASA's LandSat 8 satellite (about 438 miles above the Earth's surface) shows how radically the storm transformed the land adjacent to the Trent River, which meanders through southeast North Carolina before emptying into the Neuse River, which then spills into the Atlantic Ocean.

Lumberton homeowner Kenneth Campbell said he found at least 30 centimetres of water in his one-storey home when a friend took him into his flooded neighbourhood on a boat Tuesday.

"Because again, although the winds are gone and the rain's not falling, the water's still there and the worst is yet to come in the Pee Dee", he said. And plenty of roads are still closed in the storm's wake.

USA 17, near Georgetown, also was in imminent danger of flooding, the Transportation Department said. For many residents in those areas it's not the first time they have been hit by a disaster.

"This is ridiculous. This is the worst I've ever seen, and that includes hurricane evacuations", Tovornik said.

The Cape Fear River was expected to crest at 61.5 feet (19 meters), quadrupling its normal height, on Wednesday in Fayetteville, a city of 200,000 in the southern part of the state near the Fort Bragg army base, according to the National Weather Service. Raised in barns, they can become trapped and drown in floods.

"We can attribute that additional rainfall to human-induced climate change", said Kevin Reed, a professor at Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, who contributed to the study.


The death toll in the aftermath of Florence reached 37 as of Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

"We continue to feel the effects of this massive storm", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said on Tuesday.

The coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina, remained cut off by floodwaters on Thursday.

"PLEASE DO NOT RETURN", the county said in a tweet.

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.

"You can never tell what lies under that water", he said. "Don't drive across it and if there is a barricade up, do not go around that barricade".

At least 36 other similar lagoons are likely to also overflow - and five are structurally damaged, according to the department. Levels along the Cape Fear River at Wilmington may approach record levels.

More than a thousand other roads from major highways to neighbourhood lanes are closed in the Carolinas, officials said.

Some of the rivers near the coast may remain out of their banks until early October, which means that some farmland and small communities may be inundated for two weeks or more after the initial flood.

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