Florence weakens to depression, flood risk rises

Florence weakens to depression, flood risk rises

The storm knocked out power to almost 930,000 homes and businesses, and the number could keep rising.

Floodwaters surged over roads, prompting the closing of Interstate 95 just north of the Carolinas' border.

A mother and baby died when a tree crashed into their home, the Wilmington Police Department saidon TwitterFriday afternoon.

The death toll from tropical storm Florence that made landfall in the U.S. east coast, has increased to 13, with authorities warning of continued rains and flooding.

Florence has caused catastrophic flooding since arriving as a category one hurricane on Friday.

Florence flattened trees, damaged buildings and crumpled roads.

Cooper said others should not follow suit.

He earlier said the storm system "is unloading epic amounts of rainfall: in some places, measured in feet, not inches".

More than 300 volunteers from nine USA states have joined the relief effort in North Carolina, according to ABC News.

"Right now we've rescued over 400 people".

Further south on Ocracoke Island, power was back up and there were no reports of serious structural damage, Hyde County spokesman Donnie Shumate said. The price tag on the rebuild efforts for areas devastated by storm surge, which was expected to reach as high as 20 feet in some areas, was still impossible to quantify.

"Some of our beloved bears have wandered away", city officials tweeted next to a picture of the statue.

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"This is a hurricane event followed by a flood event", said South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.

WILMINGTON (North Carolina) • Tropical storm Florence lumbered inland yesterday, knocking down trees, flooding rivers, and dumping sheets of rain in the Carolinas where five people have died.

Firefighters said the area had not been in the zone under evacuation orders.

CNN also reported a man and a woman died in South Carolina's Horry County due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Local media said she suffered a heart attack. A 78-year-old man connecting extension cords in the rain was electrocuted, according to Roger Dail, the Lenoir County director of emergency services.

It diminished from hurricane force as it came ashore, but forecasters said the 350-mile-wide storm's slow progress across North and SC could leave much of the region under water in the coming days.

"I don't see any portion of the state of North or SC that's not going to be impacted in some way", said Cline.

President Trump will be visiting areas affected by Hurricane Florence next week, the White House says.

The military announced Saturday it was deploying almost 200 soldiers to assist in storm-related response and recovery efforts, along with 100 trucks and equipment. Besides federal and state emergency crews, rescuers were being helped by volunteers from the "Cajun Navy".

Two deadly storms - Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut - roared ashore on the same day, half a world apart, but the way they spread devastation was as different as water and wind.

Zooming out to the full projection, shown above, the core of the storm is slated to enter North Carolina around 2 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Up to 40 inches (102 cm) of rain are expected along coastal areas of the Carolinas and up to 10 inches in southwestern Virginia, it said.

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