Fire hose of moisture slams South Carolina 12 killed

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — People across South Carolina got a cool tutorial Monday in how you can move away a hurricane and still get the strike.

Authorities tried much to get water to communities inundated by it, and with waterlogged dams overflowing, bridges are in danger, hundreds of roads swamped, and floodwaters were rolling down to the coast, the state was anything but done with this disaster.

“This is a Hugo-level event,” said Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston, head of the South Carolina National Guard, referring to the September 1989 hurricane that devastated Charleston. “We didn’t see this level of erosion in Hugo. … This water doesn’t fool around.”

One of the latest to die was McArthur Woods, 56, who drove around a barricade and drowned Sunday night. His passenger managed to climb on top of the sedan, which stalled in the rushing water. A firefighter rescued her after someone heard her screams.

“She came out the window. How she got on top of the car and stayed there like she did with that water— there’s a good Lord,” Kershaw County Coroner David West said.

“South Carolina has gone through a storm of historic proportions,” Haley said. “Just because the rain stops, does not mean that we are out of the woods.”

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