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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday described last week’s deluge as the kind of storm that comes only once in one thousand years. President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency. Al Roker, well, he took a smiling selfie while covering the deadly flooding in South Carolina.

The NBC weatherman apologized following uproar over the photo of him surrounded by two crew members against the backdrop of a bright green car stuck in a crumbling road. Although the woman escaped from the car, Roker acknowledged that the photo was in poor taste, writes the New York Daily News.

It’s a good thing he apologized, notes the news outlet:

At least 10 weather-related deaths in South Carolina and two in North Carolina were blamed on the vast rainstorm, including those of five people who drowned in their cars in Columbia alone. A solid week of rainfall also sent about 1,000 to shelters and left about 40,000 without drinkable water.

The storm was likely fueled by much-feared Hurricane Joaquin. While the named system missed the East Coast it created a “fire hose” of tropical moisture that aimed directly at the state. By Monday, the heaviest rains had moved into the mid-Atlantic states, but not before making history in South Carolina.

The governor warned that just because the rain had stopped, doesn’t mean the worst is over.

SOURCE: New York Daily News | PHOTO CREDIT: Twitter

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