Startling before and after images show Hurricane Florence's true power

Clark Diaz
September 23, 2018

At the same time, Florence's drenching rain - as much as 3 feet in some areas - left many areas near the coast underwater. "We know agricultural losses will be significant because the flooding has affected the top six agricultural counties in our state", said agriculture commissioner Steve Troxler in a press release.

At least 42 people have died, included an elderly man whose body was found in a submerged pickup truck in SC, and hundreds were forced from their homes as rivers kept swelling higher. With Florence, most major crop harvests were still underway or just getting started.

The president traveled south Wednesday as the region continues to grapple with the aftermath of a storm that North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said was "epic". Floodwaters and blocked country roads still were making it hard for agency agronomists to check out farms.

Upstream in North Carolina, the clean-up continues.

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Speaking to reporters after the encounter on Wednesday, he added: 'I think it's incredible what we're seeing. This week, state Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers visited farmers in damaged areas previously hurt by Matthew and by record flooding in 2015. "SC loves you", he told Trump.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division said Friday a number of rivers - the Waccamaw, Lynches, Little Pee Dee and Big Pee Dee - are forecast to crest east of Interstate 95 this weekend and early next week. But the state said in a Tweet late Wednesday: "No safe, stable and reliable route now exists for the public to get to and from Wilmington".

"These 21 factory farms are just the tip of the iceberg", said Cox.

"God bless you", Trump said during a briefing in Havelock, North Carolina.

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday visited North and SC, where flood levels continue to rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Leaves began "melting on the stalk" - disintegrating when sunny skies followed heavy rains and standing water. It's the second time they've evacuated in a week.

"We haven't had a good growing season anyway". "So our problem has not been with the wind and the rain hitting us, but with the rain that is still here". We heard one person describe the difference as follows: if a Category-5 storm is a Mike Tyson punch, Florence was an average person, punching you in the head, for days and days. "It's magnified since the storm".

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. There were 9 million hogs in the state past year, the inventory shows. Sixty of its 880 broiler houses in North Carolina flooded and another six broiler houses experienced damage. Workers there prepared to slog through the mud Friday to try to see what sweet potatoes could be salvaged.

Officials are also anxious about contamination and environmental hazards from the storm, including the potential effects of coal ash.

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Collins reported from Columbia, South Carolina.

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