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.
It moved slowly over the affected region, bringing two days of heavy rain, bringing non-stop flooding caused by storm surges and rivers bursting their banks.
"We are all with you a hundred percent and we will get through it, I think the most exciting part is the rebuilding, there's a lot, I flew over it, and there's a lot of damage and you haven't really been hit yet compared to what's coming".
Almost a week after landing a devastating hurricane "Florence" on the coast of North Carolina and SC the effects of the disaster become even more unsafe.
The coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina, remained cut off by floodwaters on Thursday. You can swipe back and forth to see the damage Florence has caused. Residents in New Hanover County and neighboring Pender and Brunswick counties were warned Tuesday not to come home because some routes could flood again and sinkholes were developing under some submerged roads. He asked Congress for help.
Hurricane Florence was supposed to be dead and buried in the graveyard of the Atlantic, but like a vampire rising from the grave this storm seems to be refusing to die and may yet return to haunt the USA and the UK.
"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.
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Florence is blamed for at least 37 deaths, including those of two women who drowned when a sheriff's van taking them to a mental health facility was swept off a road.
At least 42 people have died, included an elderly man whose body was found in a pickup truck that had been submerged in SC, and hundreds were forced from their homes as rivers kept swelling higher.
Cooper said North Carolina's storm damage will be in the billions of dollars, but there was no way to make a more accurate estimate while flooding continues.
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".
In South Carolina, emergency managers ordered about 3,000 people to flee homes along the Lynches River.
Speaking in Las Vegas, President Donald Trump said SC is in for a "tough one" as flood waters keep rising.
At least 16 rivers remained at a major flood stage with three others set to crest in the coming days in North Carolina, the state said. Some of them have been washed out entirely.