Hurricane Joaquin has turned North, thus sparing most of the Eastern Coast from a lot of trouble, floods and other disasters. Nevertheless, South Carolina was hit by the furious storm with over two feet of water. Five people have already died as of Sunday morning and the waters have overtaken many streets and flooded a lot of houses.
Evidence of the disaster and chaos that took place can be evident in the many photos people posted on the internet about some coffins floating down the street. These have been unearthed from the local cemeteries due to the high levels of water.
This rain fall surpasses all previous records. “We are at a 1,000-year level of rain,” Governor Nikki Haley said at a news conference on Sunday. “That’s how big this is.” Although weather data doesn’t go back that far, Ward explains that “thousand-year rainfall” means that this amount of rain has a 1-in-1,000 chance of falling in a given year in the state. He also warns residents in the area to not let their children play in the water because of the bacteria coming from the coffins.
This is not the first instance of coffins coming out of the ground and seeing the light of day once again. Following Hurricane Katrina, many cemeteries in New Orleans were devastated and the dead “ware again among us”. During a 1994 storm in Georgia, over 400 caskets were forced to the surface. This didn’t get so much coverage is because people didn’t have smart-phones back then to catch everything on film.