Carolinas flood after Florence

Carolinas flood after Florence

Carolinas flood after Florence

At least 18 people were killed in the storm.

The volunteer United Cajun Navy rescue group says it was helping in Leland, where about 200 people have made calls for help, after it made numerous rescues in Wilmington.

"We were stir-crazy from being inside so long", Moore said.

Florence was downgraded to a tropical depression on Sunday morning, but officials warn the worst of the storm is not yet over, with river levels rising, along with the risk of flash floods. It was moving west at 14 miles per hour, whipping 35 miles per hour winds.

"Those rivers in North Carolina that have received heavy rainfall are coming our way", Governor Henry McMaster said during a news conference.

"It has already dumped 20 to 30 inches of rain on parts of the Carolinas with more to come", he said.

"Portions of the Mid Atlantic states west of Interstate 95 into southern NY and southern New England are expected to receive an additional 2 to 4 inches of rain.with isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches possible".

Many parts of the North Carolina coast are grappling with the damage done by Florence over the weekend.

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The coastal city of Wilmington, home to about 117,000 people, remained cut off by high floodwaters early Monday.

By Sunday afternoon, the river had reached almost 24 feet.

"I have everything I need for my whole family", said Merlos. "Thus, the rivers will take some time to recede". Hunt said Matthew caught them by surprise with flooding in the middle of the night. Whether they stay or go, they'll have damage to contend with.

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Tammy said she had done what she could to protect Kade from the weather.

"We're not going to move until this thing's over". "Last time we had sun was on Wednesday".

Betty Walters says she has health issues that are hard to manage at a shelter. "I trust in the Lord". They might not know when they'll get back to school.

The fear of sudden, massive river flooding isn't limited to Lumberton. Fifteen thousand meanwhile were being housed in 158 shelters across the state.

"We've probably got 15,000 gallons of water".

Nearly 500,000 people began the day without power in North Carolina. Authorities have launched investigations. The people who were hit by the fury of Florence are nowhere near out danger.

-23-year-old Michael Dalton Prince died Sunday after the truck he was riding in lost control on a flooded two-lane road in Georgetown County, South Carolina, said Coroner Kenny Johnson.

-63-year-old Mark Carter King and 61-year-old Debra Collins Rion of Loris, South Carolina, died of carbon monoxide poisoning from running a generator indoors, authorities said.

Spokesman Tony Underwood said a woman and her child were on their way to visit relatives when she drove past some barricades on N.C. Highway 218 in northern Union County.

- Another man in Lenoir County who was electrocuted while trying to connect two extension cords.

A high hazard classification means a failure could be likely to cause the loss of one or more human lives. "Don't drive across standing or moving water".

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