Florence portends more massive hurricanes in age of global warming


On Friday afternoon, a dam was breached at a North Carolina Duke Energy plant.

Most of the storm deaths have occurred in vehicles, reports the AP.

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.

Thousands of homes are still underwater in the Carolinas and thousands of families have had to be rescued from the floods.

Florence, which has killed at least 36 people, dumped up to 36 inches (91 cm) of rain in parts of North Carolina since Thursday. Instead the storm gathered strength as it turned northwest from the Caribbean, lashing the coast with wind speeds of up to 150 miles per hour before making landfall near Calabash, N.C., just north of the Carolinas line.

Numerous state's 2,100 hog farms "are returning to normal", according to the North Carolina Pork Council. "Proactively clearing potential legal and fiscal hurdles in preparation for a relief package will signal to our Congressional partners that North Carolina is ready to immediately begin aid disbursal". Four breeder houses out of a total of 92 in the state flooded.

Authorities have said that 23 out of the 46 counties in SC could potentially be impacted by flooding. For this reason, feed providers can't reach their customers, and the chickens go without food.

"Losses of live inventory could escalate if the company does not regain access to those farms", the statement read.

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Previously, North Carolina's rainfall record from a storm was 24 inches, set by Hurricane Floyd almost twenty years ago.

"Our farmers took extraordinary measures in advance of this storm, including moving thousands of animals out of harm's way as the hurricane approached", the council said in a statement. "And if that happens, it will continue to rise until it crests", he said.

Environmentalists, meanwhile, said they remain concerned based on results from past storms, including Hurricane Matthew two years earlier and Hurricane Floyd in 1999, an event that killed at least 20,000 hogs.

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The paper, still unpublished, may fuel an ongoing debate in the scientific community about whether climate change, induced by human activity, has a direct impact on the strength and size of a storm.

North Carolina has 8.9 million swine, representing 12 percent of the U.S. herd, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department. And waste from those hog farms has been leaking into floodwaters.

Officials are also anxious about contamination and environmental hazards from the storm, including the potential effects of coal ash. Preliminary estimates say the storm did $22 billion in damage across the region, which would put Florence among the top 10 costliest storms in US history.