The death toll from Storm Florence has risen to 37 after officials confirmed the deaths of two SC mental health patients, officials say.
At least 43 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.
"HSUS is heartbroken by the reports of the catastrophic numbers of farmed animal deaths resulting from the flooding related to Hurricane Florence", the organization told EcoWatch via email, adding that the animals "needlessly lost their lives".
The governor praised the work of the first responders, saying they have evacuated people from rising floodwaters and "continue to show unflinching courage in the face of danger".
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It has been a little more than a year since Hurricane Harvey dumped trillions of gallons of water on Texas and the U.S. Gulf Coast, killing 68 people and causing an estimated $125 billion in property damage. Duke Energy issued a high-level emergency alert after floodwaters from the Cape Fear River overtopped an earthen dike and inundated a large lake at a closed power plant near Wilmington, North Carolina. About 20,000 pigs were moved to other states, other parts of North Carolina or to the market, the Pork Council's Curliss said.
Although Hurricane Florence has long since departed, the severe effects of the storm were still felt along the Carolina coast Thursday.
And the effects from the slow-moving storm were still being felt Tuesday as record inland river flooding was impacting areas such as Pollocksville in Jones County, where US 17 was impassable.
Duke Energy, the area's biggest utility, reported that tens of thousands of customers in North and SC were still without power Thursday. Near Chinquapin, a community nearly entirely underwater, a monitoring gauge used by the U.S. Geological Survey stopped working Sunday after water levels hit its operational limit of 24.2 feet (7.3 meters) - 8 feet (2 meters) above major flood stage.
In Lumberton, where residents scrambled to plug the levee system, parts of Interstate 95 will remain closed until the Lumber River drops below 21 feet.
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A week after the storm hit, thousands in SC are under new evacuation orders and some of the stranded in Mullins, had to be rescued by helicopter.
As floodwaters continued to rise, concerns grew about environmental and health dangers.
Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center said it was monitoring four areas in the Atlantic for signs of a new tropical weather threat.
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