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Soggy South Carolina to more rain as flooding continues

A house built in 1737 for which the owner has told that it never flooded is to see in Georgetown, South Carolina, on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. The house is happiness can be carried out as the officials predict record floods of Hurricane Florence. )(Associated Press/Jeffrey Collins)

YAUHANNAH, S. C. – The soggy remnants of Florence to keep chaos in coastal South Carolina long after the hurricane swung to the shore, with rivers still flow outside their banks, and a new storm gathering of more rain just off the coast.

Authorities encouraged up to 8,000 people to leave their homes in Georgetown County, on the coast of South Carolina as the Pee Dee and Waccamaw rivers flooded with a record of 10 feet (3 m) of the flooding reaching a crest in their communities Tuesday.

Some places along the Georgetown waterfront were the predicted flood for the first time since the recording is started before the American Revolution.

The National Hurricane Center said in a broad area of low pressure about 300 miles south of Cape Hatteras in North Carolina, producing showers and thunderstorms on the north side. Forecasters said it could become a tropical depression Tuesday as it gets closer to the coast, but will dump rain independent of the coastal areas of North and South Carolina.

Reverend Willie Lowrimore and a number of his congregants at first piled sandbags around the South Carolina church as the hurricane approached. Then they moved the banks to higher ground. Finally, the rank black water seeped out around and about the sandbags on Monday, the flooding in the sanctuary.

“I go one day at a time,” Lowrimore said the river and the ruined church that he built almost 20 years ago. “In the hands of the Lord. My hands are not big enough.”

Ten days after Florence came to the shore, the storm caused fresh chaos on Monday in Yauhannah, and elsewhere in South Carolina, where the rivers continue to rise and thousands of people had to be ready to evacuate.

Georgetown County provides free transportation to the shelters from noon to 4 pm, Tuesday in Pawley’s Island, saying pets are welcome as long as they are kept in crates and have food and other necessities.

The economic research firm Moody’s Analytics estimated that Florence has caused around $44 billion in damage and lost output, making it one of the 10 most expensive U.S. hurricanes. The worst of the disaster with Hurricane Katrina in 2005, cost $192.2 billion in current dollars. Last year, Hurricane Harvey cost $133.5 billion.

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Associated Press writers Gary D. Robertson and Alex Derosier in Raleigh; Meg Kinnard in Columbia, South Carolina; Sarah Rankin in Richmond, Virginia; and Sarah Brumfield in Washington contributed to this report.

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