SC governor estimates losses from Florence at $1.2B

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"Hurricane Florence will go down as one of the most significant rainfall events on record in the Carolinas, producing widespread, catastrophic flooding", according to the weather service.

The hurricane swept through the U.S. east coast, causing more than 40 deaths and more than US$22bn worth of damage to the region. The majority of those deaths, 27, have occurred in North Carolina.

At least 24 of the victims died in vehicles, and most were in accidents linked to flooding. Some critics said the president's trip took on the tone of a victory lap for successful disaster management.

He added that the business would be helping to provide ice, water, food and other necessities to those affected by the hurricane. Flood stage for the Little Pee Dee is 9 feet.

Still, the whirlwind tour through the Carolinas showed Trump reaching out to connect with those reeling from a storm blamed for at least 37 deaths in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia since coming ashore Friday.

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Horry County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Brooke Holden said two deputies in the van tried to get the victims out but couldn't.

President Donad Trump's caravan left Cherry Point air station at 11:20 Am and traveled 20 miles to New Bern, with miles of traffic stopped in the eastbound lane, with s.cores of drivers leaving their cars to view and wave.

"Even though there's no substantial rain now in the forecast and the sun may be shining, rivers continue to rise, and we will see more flooding", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said at a briefing Tuesday.

Joseph DiGenova, a lawyer who came close to representing President Trump, said Tuesday night that Blasey Ford wants to delay her appearance before the Senate because she's a "loon".

Tens of thousands were ordered to evacuate communities along North Carolina's steadily rising rivers.

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Henry McMaster says the state's financial losses from Florence are estimated at more than $1.2 billion.

Fayetteville City Manager Doug Hewett said he's concerned that with the rain gone, residents may become complacent and try to get back home, which could be unsafe.

President Donald Trump is getting an update on how SC is recovering from Hurricane Florence.

North Carolina's farmers, meanwhile, are beginning to count up their losses.

Association CEO Graham Boyd said about 40 percent of the crop was still in the field when the storm hit.

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The state is also the nation's second leading producer of hogs, with more than 2,100 farms that raise about 9 million hogs each year, according to the North Carolina Pork Council. High waters from the Cape Fear River overtopped a dike at the site on Thursday and flooded a former cooling pond adjacent to three coal ash dumps. Another 25 of the pits containing animal feces and urine have either suffered structural damage, had wastewater levels go over their tops from heavy rains or had been swamped by floodwaters.

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