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SC governor estimates losses at $1.2B

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    Part of the Starlite Motel is washed away in the aftermath of flooding from Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    Part of the Starlite Motel is washed away in the aftermath of flooding from Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, North Carolina, on Wednesday. AP PHOTO/DAVID GOLDMAN

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    Kishor Depani sorts through the damage of the motel he co-owns and lived in which was destroyed in the flooding from Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. Depani had put all his savings in the motel which he bought with family members about six months ago. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    Smita Depani, left, dumps out tea as her husband, Kishor, looks on while the family sorts through the damage of the motel they co-own and lived in which was destroyed in the flooding from Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    Smita Depani, center, stands in the apartment she lived in while surveying the damage with her brother-in-law Jayanti Depani, left, and sister-in-law Puspa Manvar in the motel they own which was destroyed in the flooding from Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    Dinesh Depani sorts through the damage of the motel his family owns which was destroyed in the flooding from Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    Jose Perez-Santiago, right, holds his daughter Jordalis, 2, as they return to their home for the first time since it was flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. “I didn’t realize we would lose everything,” said Perez-Santiago. “We’ll just have to start from the bottom again.” (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    Rosemary Acevedo-Gonzalez, left, holds her daughter, Jordalis, 2, as they return to their home for the first time since it was flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    Rosemary Acevedo-Gonzalez retrieves clothing from her daughter’s bathroom as she returns to their home for the first time since it was flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. “This is the only thing I can get,” said Acevedo-Gonzalez of what was salvageable. “That’s it. I’m done.” (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    Rosemary Acevedo-Gonzalez retrieves her daughter’s clothing as she returns to their home for the first time since it was flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. “This is the only thing I can get,” said Acevedo-Gonzalez of what was salvageable. “That’s it. I’m done.” (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    Jose Perez-Santiago, left, and Rosemary Acevedo-Gonzalez, walk with their daughter Jordalis, 2, after retrieving her clothing upon returning to their home for the first time since it was flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. “I didn’t realize we would lose everything,” said Perez-Santiago. “We’ll just have to start from the bottom again.” (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    U.S. Army Sgt. Rose Stromberg holds the American flag she was able to retrieve from her storage unit which was flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. The flag, which is adorned with all the names of those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, flew with her during her deployment in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    Dirt covers the back of U.S. Army Sgt. Rose Stromberg after she crawled into her storage unit, which was flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, to retrieve an American flag adorned with the names of those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, in Spring Lake, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    Seema Depani, left, helps her family clean up after flooding from Hurricane Florence destroyed the Starlite Motel which her family owns in Spring Lake, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    Part of the Starlite Motel is washed away in the aftermath of flooding from Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    Part of the Starlite Motel is washed away in the aftermath of flooding from Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, North Carolina, on Wednesday. AP PHOTO/DAVID GOLDMAN

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    Smita Depani, left, dumps out tea as her husband, Kishor, looks on while the family sorts through the damage of the motel they co-own and lived in which was destroyed in the flooding from Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    Kishor Depani sorts through the damage of the motel he co-owns and lived in which was destroyed in the flooding from Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. Depani had put all his savings in the motel which he bought with family members about six months ago. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    The wall of a motel room shows how high the flooding reached from the Little River in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    Smita Depani, center, stands in the apartment she lived in while surveying the damage with her brother-in-law Jayanti Depani, left, and sister-in-law Puspa Manvar in the motel they own which was destroyed in the flooding from Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    Dinesh Depani sorts through the damage of the motel his family owns which was destroyed in the flooding from Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    President Donald Trump shakes hands with FEMA Administrator Brock Long as Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen watches after visiting areas in North Carolina and South Carolina impacted by Hurricane Florence, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at Myrtle Beach International Airport in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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    President Donald Trump visits a neighborhood impacted by Hurricane Florence, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Conway, S.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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    President Donald Trump visits a neighborhood impacted by Hurricane Florence, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Conway, S.C., accompanied by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., right. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Published September 20. 2018 03:27PM

WILMINGTON, North Carolina (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster says the state’s financial losses from Florence are estimated at more than $1.2 billion.

McMaster provided the damages estimates Thursday in a letter to the state’s congressional delegation.

Among the breakdowns included in McMaster’s letter is an estimated $125 million hit to South Carolina’s agriculture industry. The governor noted that some of the estimates were based on damage resulting from Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

McMaster has requested federal disaster-recovery funds be made available for 23 of South Carolina’s 46 counties.

He wrote the damage from Florence in the northeastern area of the state “will be catastrophic, surpassing anything recorded in modern history.”

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