In 1954, Hurricane Hazel tore through Haiti and North and SC, killing 95 people in the USA and as many as 1,000 people in Haiti.
The hurricane swept through the United States east coast, causing more than 40 deaths and more than US$22bn worth of damage to the region. In North Carolina, for example, killed more than 1.7 million chickens in 60 flooded farms.
Hurricane Florence is still wearing out the Carolinas, where residents have endured an agonizing week of violent winds, torrential rain, widespread flooding, power outages and death.
He said the country had been better prepared for this hurricane than any in history.
He added that the business would be helping to provide ice, water, food and other necessities to those affected by the hurricane. The trillions of gallons of rainwater making its way into rivers and streams is resulting in flooding of epic proportions.
Oliver Kelly, 1, cries as he is carried off the sheriff's airboat during his rescue from rising flood waters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Leland, North Carolina, Sept. 16, 2018.
The latest victims were two women in SC who drowned on Tuesday when a sheriff's department van in which they were riding was swept away by floodwaters.
"People in flood prone areas or near waterways need to remain alert as rivers crest and stay above their banks in coming days", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said in a written statement.
Floodwaters inundate a barn after Hurricane Florence struck the Carolinas near Wallace, South Carolina.
In the town of Fair Bluff, North Carolina, which has struggled to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew in 2016, only about 50 residents remained on Tuesday, the Fair Bluff police chief, Chris Chafin told Reuters. Trump said, without offering evidence, that Democrats had inflated the figure to make him look bad. In his words: "I'm trying to get it all out of my head".
Bob Baker, one of those who stayed put, and who lives in Kinwood by Methodist University, said that he and his neighbors studied the topography and concluded many of their homes would be safe. While North Carolina farmers managed to escape, their animals were not as lucky.
The N.C. Pork Council, an industry trade group, said the livestock losses from the storm should be taken in the context. Despite moving them to higher ground before the storm hit, an estimated 3.4 million poultry birds and 5,500 pigs are believed to have drowned.
The decision to close the road comes less than 12 hours after the department had reopened a 9-mile (14-kilometer) stretch of the highway near the North Carolina state line, which had meant the entire highway was open in the state.
North Carolina's hog and other concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, produce nearly 10 billion gallons of fecal waste a year, according to the Environmental Working Group and Waterkeeper Alliance.