Flooding is sending unheard amounts of water through the Carolinas

Florence is a 'storm like no other' as deadly flooding leaves 'long road ahead'

While Florence has passed, the danger from it hasn't.

As rivers swollen to record levels started to recede Thursday in North Carolina, officials tried to head off potential environmental disasters and prepared for more record flooding downstream in SC.

The Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina estimated up to 125 million pounds (57 million kilograms) of tobacco leaf could be damaged by flooding, winds and power outages, an amount that could translate to as much as $350 million in lost farm revenue.

They are able to survive in flood waters for weeks on end, until waters subside and the ants can return back to dry land.

The deaths, which have occurred in three states, include those of two women who were being taken to a mental health facility when the van they were riding in was engulfed by floodwaters from the Little Pee Dee River in SC, authorities said.

The 5,500 hog deaths from Hurricane Florence have already exceeded the 2,800 killed during Hurricane Matthew, the industry trade group wrote in a statement Tuesday. The loans are available to residents in 31 North Carolina counties and three SC counties, according to the website.

Trump promised, "Whatever we have to do at the federal level, we will be there".

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) was similarly "heartbroken" over the deaths.

A 81-year-old man who was found dead inside a vehicle in Dillon County after it was swept away by water, was among the victims in SC, the department of public safety tweeted on Thursday.

The Waccamaw is expected to reach perhaps 20 feet next week, almost 10 feet past flood stage and two feet past the record set during Matthew two years ago.

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Trump said 1.6 million meals have been provided in North Carolina and another 400,000 are ready for victims in SC . The deputies transporting the two women reportedly drove around barriers and then were surprised by the flood.

"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". "This is real emergency stuff at the highest level".

During the trip, Trump also visited a church that was distributing meals to the city's residents.

Trump was joined by U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.), several state senators, and Gov. Henry McMaster. Some critics said the president's trip took on the tone of a victory lap for successful disaster management.

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

"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.

President Donald Trump greets residents in Conway, S.C., on September 19, 2018.

North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, who conducted an aerial survey of damage on Tuesday, said the flooding has affected the top six agricultural counties in the state.

"President Donald Trump-one in a million".

Trump told the victims "America grieves with you" and "we're with you all the way".

"We (federal government) came early and we will be here late", he said.

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