A series of deadly floods, including a major one that left cars submerged and at least one truck overturned in South Carolinas, has left more than 300,000 people without power.
The flooding, which is still being investigated, is expected to cost the South Carolina economy at least $1.8 billion and could be more than $4 billion, according to the National Weather Service.
South Carolina Gov.
Nikki Haley and other officials say they expect to receive more than 1.4 million applications to repair damaged vehicles by Friday.
South Carolinian Governor Mark Sanford also urged residents to go to the emergency shelters and shelters set up by the state.
Haley said the state’s emergency operations center is opening at the state capitol in Columbia, and authorities are preparing to mobilize the state and its federal partners.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said it has already committed $2.7 million to help with the cost of restoring the homes affected.
The Department of Agriculture said it is providing up to $4 million for the flood recovery efforts.
Federal agencies are also working with local officials and local businesses to help, according, to a FEMA news release.
The floods in the region are among the worst in the state in more than 30 years.
The governor of the state, the National Guard and other local officials have stepped up relief efforts, and more than 400 shelters have been set up.
South South Carolina, home to some of the nation’s most scenic mountain tops, is a popular place for hiking and camping.
The floods were the latest in a string of heavy rains that have flooded homes, flooded roads and triggered flash flooding, flooding and power outages across the state since Thursday.
Some people were forced to take cover from the rains in a flooded home in Columbia.
Residents and businesses in South South Carolinias second-largest city, Columbia, have been told to take shelter and stay inside until Friday evening.
A federal government contractor has also closed schools, and businesses have been ordered to shut down.
FEMA officials are warning people to take extra precautions in South Florida, where flooding and downed trees and power lines are threatening homes.
Floodwaters are also threatening power lines in parts of Florida, including Jacksonville and Tampa, the U. S. Coast Guard said.
Rick Scott said in a statement Thursday that the flooding has left the state without power for about two days and that there are some indications that some of those power lines may be connected to the flooding.
“This is the most devastating storm we have seen in decades,” Scott said.
“I am extremely thankful that we have the people that are here to get the word out and help.”