Florence death toll rises to 42 as residents return to flooded homes

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Residents in Georgetown County, South Carolina, where five rivers flow into the ocean, will prepare on Friday for a deluge of water in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which has killed more than 40 people.

And the effects from the slow-moving storm were still being felt Tuesday as record inland river flooding was impacting areas such as Pollocksville in Jones County, where US 17 was impassable. By contrast, 19 of the top 50 papers had no stories on the hurricane that mentioned climate change, including the Chicago Tribune (out of 34 stories), Atlanta Journal-Constitution (28 stories), Orlando Sentinel (37 stories) and Miami Herald (21 stories).

A week after Hurricane Florence made landfall, the trillions of gallons of water it dumped over the Carolinas are slowly moving toward the sea and leaving a path of destruction behind.

Aerial view of flooding in North Carolina as of September 17
Aerial view of flooding in North Carolina as of September 17

"We will be there 100 percent", said Trump, wearing a wind breaker and khaki trousers, seated inside a hangar with federal and state officials. While company spokesperson Erin Culbert asserts, "We don't have any indication that the ash has gone to the cooling pond", he has promised to continue monitoring the situation.

Fox News only brought up climate change with regard to Hurricane Florence in order to dispute the connection.

He said his state now has 13 rivers at major flood stage, with 7,800 residents in shelters and almost 200,000 customers still without power.

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The latest victims in SC were identified as Wendy Wenton, 45, and Nicolette Green, 43, by the Marion County Coroner, US media report.

McMaster estimates the storm recovery will cost about $1.2 billion, according to the letter he sent to the state's congressional delegation.

To the north in Georgetown County, water continued to drain into the five rivers and several reservoirs that run through the county of 60,000 people as officials prepared to hand out thousands of sandbags on Saturday.

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"Please heed the warnings", Sheriff Lane Cribb said. On September 18, the State's Department of Environmental Quality reported that four of the "lagoons" had been breached allowing manure to escape, 13 others had overflowed their banks due to the rainwater, and nine more had been inundated by flooding from nearby streams. He said all Americans are grieving... and will never forget their loss.

Flooding across the Carolinas was expected to worsen over the next couple of days, forecasters said.

"I think it's easily going to be in the billions of dollars", Troxler said in an interview Thursday, calling the damage "catastrophic" and "unbelievable". The United States Army Corps of Engineers sent 136 engineers to install generators, FEMA had 1,000 workers on the ground to provide shelter and food to evacuees, and the Coast Guard sent 3,000 people and 87 aircraft for rescue missions.

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Remnants of Hurricane Florence continue to threaten the east coast with torrential rain and flood risks.