Florence portends more massive hurricanes in age of global warming

Florence portends more massive hurricanes in age of global warming

Florence portends more massive hurricanes in age of global warming

President Donald Trump visited the flood-ravaged Carolinas on Wednesday, receiving briefings on the damage done from Hurricane Florence and visiting with residents. Rainfall totals of 26.58 inches have submerged much of the city, cutting it off from the rest of the state. At least 43 people have died since the hurricane slammed into the coast more than a week ago.

"We should act immediately to allay such concerns and provide financial certainty to teachers, many of whom are likely burdened with expensive home repairs", they wrote. The National Weather Service said the river could reach record flood levels late Saturday or early Sunday, and shelters are open. Traffic heading north will be detoured through Interstates 20 and 77, while traffic heading north will be detoured through S.C. Highway 38.

Below we've embedded a series of aerial satellite images from NOAA, ESRI Disaster Response, and Digital Globe that show parts of North Carolina before and after the storm.

The trillions of gallons of water dumped by Hurricane Florence continue to slowly meander their way to the sea, leaving billions of dollars of damage in their wake.

"They got hit, but the big hit comes days later and it will be the biggest they've ever had", said Trump, who visited North and SC this week. An 81-year-old man who was found dead inside a auto in Dillon County after it was swept away by water, was among the victims in SC, the department tweeted on Thursday. Compounding the problem, storm runoff from North Carolina - which was battered by Florence - is now flowing through the Palmetto State via the Yadkin-Pee Dee drainage basin, which terminates in Winyah Bay near Georgetown, S.C.

But according to a statement from Duke Energy, the cooling lake does not store coal ash, and the plant's ash basins "are now not affected by this incident".

Santee Cooper in SC, a state-owned utility, is placing an inflatable dam around a coal ash pond near Conway, saying the extra 76 centimetres should be enough to keep floodwaters out.

Officials said 33 animals also were rescued.

More than 1,100 roads were still closed across North Carolina, Cooper said, including several portions of interstates 40 and 95.

This year, water from the Little River water broke the windows, leaving the pews a jumbled mess.

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. Some areas could stay underwater for weeks, forecasters warned.

One week after Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane, North Carolina was still feeling its effects, Cooper said.

He then toured a devastated neighborhood in the city of New Bern and also helped distribute food to local residents.

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