Rain, floods still in Florence's forecast — WHAT'S HAPPENING

A bicyclist rode through South Water Street in Wilmington N.C. Friday

A bicyclist rode through South Water Street in Wilmington N.C. Friday

The forecast for Florence has not changed, unfortunately: It's still raining, and rivers are still rising. Levees are straining against the sheer amount of water. Wilmington, which was cut off due to floodwaters, got 2 feet.

Flooding worries increased in West Virginia and Virginia, where roads were closed and power outages were on the rise.

Several large rivers and creeks have broken their banks, threatening homes with further damage after the tropical depression Florence, once a major hurricane, made landfall over in North Carolina on Friday. Further rescues are ongoing. In the port city of Wilmington, residents awoke to the sound of power transformers blowing up, plunging homes into darkness as Hurricane Florence's howling winds whipped through the streets sending metal signs, water and debris flying.

So far 23 deaths have been confirmed, six in SC and 17 in North Carolina.

People who see price-gouging are advised to contact the state attorney general's office.

Washington, Sep 18 (IANS) The death toll from hurricane Florence that battered the U.S. states of North and SC has increased to 31, authorities said.

She said: "The good news is that the Lumber River is receding, but it's still running at 22 ft, that is well above flood stage by 13ft".

Duke Energy Corp said on Friday that breaches in a cooling lake dam forced it to shut down its natural gas-fired L.V. Sutton plant in North Carolina.

"Searchers have recovered the body of one-year-old Kaiden Lee-Welch". On Sunday, floodwaters swept the auto he was carrying off the road, and the baby out of his mother's arms, WBTV reports.

A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from Wilmington police.

Flooding has caused several other deaths, including that of a man who drowned attempting to cross a road in Marlboro County, SC, on Monday. "Some people have died down there". Two smaller sewage spills were reported in Johnston County. A state of emergency was declared in Tioga County due to flash flooding, according to the Ithaca Journal on September 18.

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Dams and levees throughout North Carolina are in danger of failing.

Waterways continued to rise on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

More than 25 inches of rain has already fallen in parts of North Carolina, and more than 15 inches of rain has fallen in parts of SC. Flash flood watches extended all the way to Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York and southern New England. Authorities in Virginia said one person was dead after an apparent tornado. "During (Hurricane) Matthew the water never reached their house", she said. It will make federal money available to people in the counties of Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico and Pender.

In North Carolina, fears of what could be the worst flooding in the state's history led officials to order tens of thousands to evacuate, though it wasn't clear how many had fled or even could. O'Shaughnessy at the state's emergency response headquarters. It is, however, under the lowest level of nuclear emergency, a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission told The News & Observer newspaper of Raleigh.

Sanderson Farms, a major poultry producer in North Carolina, said more 1.7 million chickens were killed by floodwaters, out of a total population of 20 million.

Five people were arrested Saturday in Wilmington, NC, after a looting incident at a Family Dollar store, WECT reported.

As rivers swelled, state regulators and environmental groups were monitoring the threat from big hog and poultry farms located in low-lying, flood-prone areas.

Florence's remnants, described by the National Weather Service as a post-tropical cyclone, rolled over the northeast United States, hitting parts of southern NY and northern Pennsylvania.

More than 340,000 customers were without power on Tuesday morning, according to power companies, down from a peak of almost 1 million outages.

Downgraded from a tropical depression, the deadly storm still had abundant rain and top winds around 25 miles per hour (40 kph).

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