'You better pray:' More flooding in Carolinas a week after Florence


North Carolina is the second largest hog-farming state in the USA, according to Quartz. About 20,000 pigs were moved to other states, other parts of North Carolina or to the market, the Pork Council's Curliss said.

"The rainfall and flooding in North Carolina is sending unheard of amounts of water into SC along the Lynches, Great Pee Dee, Little Pee Dee and Waccamaw rivers", McMaster wrote Thursday.

"Flooding in North Carolina is sending unheard amounts of water into South Carolina along the Lynches, Great Pee Dee, Little Pee Dee and Waccamaw rivers", South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said in a letter requesting federal aid on Thursday.

McMaster on Thursday estimated damage from the flood in his state at $1.2 billion U.S., characterizing it in a letter to state congress members as the worst disaster in the state's modern history.

Millions of poultry and more than 5,000 hogs have drowned in the North Carolina floodwaters that came about as Hurricane Florence slammed into the East Coast last week.

The storm is responsible for at least 37 deaths, including 27 in North Carolina, eight in SC and two in Virginia.

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

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The sun is finally shining over parts of the Carolinas, but the clearing skies are only revealing the extent of Florence's wrath.

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

Benetta White and David Lloyd slogged through waist-deep water filling their yard to escape Hurricane Florence's latest life-threatening punch to a town in the Carolinas. "What have we been doing for two years?"

"It is compelling and sobering to see these storms come in back-to-back seasons", said Jim Kossin, an atmospheric research scientist with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "I love SC I love this state and I love Henry McMaster and the job he's done".

But even as some residents remain in the grip of an ongoing disaster, officials are eyeing the road to recovery. Duke Energy said a dam containing a large lake at Wilmington power plant had been breached by floodwaters from Florence, and it was possible that coal ash from an adjacent dump was flowing into the Cape Fear River in North Carolina. One was off the coast of the Carolinas with a chance of drifting toward land. At least one of those deaths was in Lenoir County, and a mother and infant were killed in the Wilmington area. Some areas could stay underwater for weeks, forecasters warned.

Former linebacker Kevin Reddick, who played for the team from 2009 through 2012, contacted the Heels to ask if they could help donate and collect items for his hometown of New Bern, which was ravaged by the storm.