S.C. Flood Death Toll Climbs, Dam Breaks Feared

APTOPIX East Coast Rainstorm South Carolina
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The deadly, record-smashing rainfall that soaked South Carolina may have finally passed, but the threat was far from over Tuesday, NBC News reported. 

Three more deaths were announced Tuesday afternoon, bringing the death toll from the flooding to at least 17 — 15 in South Carolina and 2 in North Carolina — in what experts have deemed a "1,000-year flood event," meaning in any given year there is a 1-in-1,000 chance of that much rain.

Much of the state was still underwater, with more than 20 rivers flooded and 10 dams breached. Gov. Nikki Haley warned residents on Tuesday about the next 36 to 48 hours.

"Don't let the sunshine fool you," she said.

Forecasters warned that some areas could still see rising water levels as the flooding flowed down to the coast. 

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