Monday, October 5, 2015

Catastrophic flooding as a result of Hurricane Joaquin devastated South Carolina, U.S.

Fourteen people were killed as a result of weather-related incidents in South Carolina since Thursday. Thousands of homes are damaged, hundreds of roads and bridges remained closed. At least nine dams breached or failed completely, state emergency management officials said. Damage from the storm across the state  has been estimated at more than $1 billion.

Some of the hardest hit areas in the state recorded rainfall amounts higher than 20 inches (50 cm). The torrential rainfall developed due to a combination of tropical moisture from Hurricane Joaquin and a non-tropical system, which is recognised as "1-in-1,000-year event."  Read more at