Trump declares state of emergency in both Carolinas as Hurricane Florence nears
15 September, 2018, 19:19 | Author: Ann Santiago
President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.
Lester "Buddy" Stroud, a farm hand at Shelley Farms, walks through a field of tobacco ready to be harvested in the Pleasant View community of Horry County, South Carolina, U.S., July 26, 2013. Since reliable record-keeping began more than 150 years ago, North Carolina has been hit by only one Category 4 hurricane: Hazel, with 130mph winds, in 1954.
Meanwhile, pig farmers across the state were lowering levels of liquid manure in outdoor storage pits in an effort to avoid a repeat of Hurricane Floyd. Its crops include corn, soy and cotton, making agriculture the state's No. 1 industry, valued at $87 billion. "I'll tell you, agriculture is in the heart of that bull's eye".
Everyone "from SC into the Mid-Atlantic region should ensure they have their hurricane plan in place and follow any advice given by local officials", the hurricane center urged ahead of Florence's expected landfall on Thursday or Friday.
South Carolina's governor ordered the state's entire coastline to be evacuated starting at noon Tuesday, and predicted that a million people would flee. For example, the seas off of Wilmington, North Carolina have risen 7.5 inches since 1935, according to NOAA. The state has 8.9 million swine, 12 percent of the U.S. herd, U.S. Agriculture Department data showed.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed declarations of emergency for both North Carolina and SC, freeing up federal money and resources for storm response. "Some neighbors started defoliating a little bit of cotton last week, but most are waiting until after the storm passes". Carcasses were composted inside the houses where the birds were being raised.
The National Hurricane Center said: "Life-threatening, catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding is possible over portions of the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states from late this week into early next week, as Florence is expected to slow down as it approaches the coast and moves inland".
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People look out over the surf before Hurricane Florence comes ashore on Carolina Beach, North Carolina, U.S., September 13, 2018. In Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack while paramedics raced to find a way through fallen debris to reach her home.
Tropical Storm Florence turns into a hurricane
Hurricane Hazel came ashore at the South Carolina-North Carolina state line with winds of 130 miles per hour (209 kph) in 1954. The other storms Tropical Storm Isaac and Tropical Storm Helene are both expected to become hurricanes Sunday or Monday.
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Orangeburg is about 75 miles from South Carolina's coast. "There is no question this is the right thing to do and the decision was supported by president [Harris] Pastides, coach [Will] Muschamp, our board members and myself", SC athletics director Ray Tanner said. Our concern is with the safety of everyone being affected by the storm. The rain came to an end on Tuesday, but skies have been slow to clear. "We've been running as hard as we can go", he said. Farmers will be using the next several days to prepare for the storm, he said. "Nobody would have the capacity to handle your animals", he said. However, UCF's only open weekend is October 27, and North Carolina is playing an ACC game at Virginia that day.
"They're around the clock on corn", said Andy Curliss, chief executive officer for the NC Pork Council, an industry group. He declared states of emergency for North and SC, which frees up help from federal agencies.
Trump said he spoke with N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper and S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster on Monday. "This storm certainly won't do the cotton crop any good". British American Tobacco's Reynolds American, parent of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, declined to comment.
The waste is held in lagoons because it's generally considered a safe way to store the manure before it's used to aid crops.
"It's well south of us", said Hubbard.
High winds and heavy rains will also down trees and bring other destruction to areas in its path, the hurricane center said.
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The storm is now around 530 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and is moving west-northwest at 17 mph. Its winds could approach Category 5 strength, which means winds of 157 miles per hour (253 kph) or higher.
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