Extraordinary weather events are taking place on the East Coast as a record-setting ‘once-in-200-years rainfall event’ left 22 million Americans on the East Coast on flood watch as rains have closed down roads, waterlogged crops and showed little sign of stopping. Meteorologist Ryan Maue of Weather Bell Analytics told NBC New York: ‘It’s going to be a slow-motion disaster’. North and South Carolina have been hit the worst, with up to 12 inches of rain falling in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Friday night alone,  and two deaths have been reported so far in the states.

President Barack Obama issued a state of emergency in South Carolina on Saturday and state emergency officials said flash flood warnings were issued for numerous counties and that some homes had already been evacuated, including in the coastal county that includes Myrtle Beach. More than 15 inches of rain have fallen over the popular beach area since Friday, with more expected, the National Weather Service in Wilmington, North Carolina, reported. South Carolina could get more rain in three days than it normally gets during the entire fall. CONTINUE