Speaking in Las Vegas, President Donald Trump said SC is in for a "tough one" as flood waters keep rising. By contrast, 19 of the top 50 papers had no stories on the hurricane that mentioned climate change, including the Chicago Tribune (out of 34 stories), Atlanta Journal-Constitution (28 stories), Orlando Sentinel (37 stories) and Miami Herald (21 stories).
Jim Fraboni is preparing for the worst as an "unheard" amount of floodwater from Hurricane Florence is slowly flowing through the Carolinas.
A man who had a beached yacht in his backyard told Trump that his insurance company wouldn't pay for the damage to his house, and Trump promised to get the name of the insurance company.
Fox News only brought up climate change with regard to Hurricane Florence in order to dispute the connection.
Towns and cities across the state were filling thousands of sandbags, finalizing evacuation plans and organizing rescue crews as they nervously watched swollen rivers rise near or beyond their flood stages, a week after Florence dumped some three feet of rain on the region.
The state is also the nation's second leading producer of hogs, with more than 2,100 farms that raise about 9 million hogs each year, according to the North Carolina Pork Council.
Santee Cooper in SC, a state-owned utility, is placing an inflatable dam around a coal ash pond near Conway, saying the extra 76 centimetres should be enough to keep floodwaters out. "And you will recover", he said.
Campbell's house also flooded during Hurricane Matthew, and he hadn't expected to face the prospect of rebuilding two years later.
President Trump said nearly 20,000 military personnel and federal workers were deployed to help with the aftermath of the storm, The Associated Press reported.
In South Carolina, two women died on Tuesday evening after a van taking the mental health patients from one facility to another was overtaken by rising floodwaters near the Little Pee Dee River, authorities said.
In South Carolina, emergency officials issued a stern warning on avoiding the roads: "I know we sound redundant, but it bears repeating: Turn around, don't drown!" the state's emergency management department tweeted.
Another aspect of the response that has people upset has been the NCDOT's inability to answer the question, 'when will it be safe to come home?' NCDOT and other officials have been telling evacuees to stay put, but hundreds of residents have returned and post their routes on social media. About 10,000 people remained in shelters.
The grim aftermath of Florence, some of which Trump was expected to see Wednesday during stops in North Carolina and SC, presented a challenge for a president who has struggled at times to show empathy in moments of national tragedy. Sections of major interstates in the Carolinas are still closed due to major flooding. Roads to Wilmington, which has been cut off sporadically by Florence, are opening and closing as flood water rushes to the coast.