Florence continues to wreak havoc in North and SC

Florence continues to wreak havoc in North and SC

Gov. Roy Cooper (D-N.C.) said Sunday that the eastern part of the state has been significantly damaged following severe flooding and unsafe winds from Tropical Storm Florence. "We face walls of water at our coasts, along our rivers, across our farmland, in our cities and in our towns".

It had weakened to a tropical depression by Sunday, but was forecast to drop a further 5 to 10 inches (13 to 25 cm) of rain in North Carolina, bringing rainfall totals in some inland areas to 15 to 20 inches and over 30 inches (76 cm) closer to the coast, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Across the Trent River from New Bern, Jerry and Jan Andrews returned home after evacuating to find carp flopping in their backyard near the porch stairs.

But one meteorologist said, "This is still a catastrophic, life-threatening storm". Storm surges, flash floods and winds scattered destruction widely, and the marines, the coast guard, civilian crews and volunteers used helicopters, boats and heavy-duty vehicles to conduct rescues. Authorities in the USA state of North Carolina have warned residents that flooding could get worse.

Some other parts of SC could see rainfall totals of up to 15 inches, forecasters said.

On Sunday, Florence claimed a 14th victim, a man who drowned when a pickup truck flipped into a drainage ditch in SC, and a 15th, after a pickup truck veered off a road and struck an overpass support beam in SC.

In Hampstead, North Carolina, emergency responders going to a call for cardiac arrest found their path blocked by downed trees. They might not know when they'll get back to school.

As authorities rescued people by boat and even airlifted 50 stranded people in North Carolina, there were also reports of looting. The governor's office said a man was electrocuted while trying to connect extension cords in the rain. Thousands meanwhile were being housed in 157 shelters across the state.

CBC's Ellen Mauro speaks with a resident of Wilmington, N.C., after his community was pummelled by tropical storm Florence. Fourteen people are believed to have died in the storm.

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Further to the south, the weather forecasters are predicting an additional 10 to 15 centimeters of rain to fall in hardest hit area in southeastern North Carolina, where the storm dumped 75 to 100 centimeters of rain after crashing into the state's coastline on Friday as a Category 1 hurricane.

More than 800,000 customers in North Carolina were without power and 21,000 people were being housed in 157 shelters across the state.

In Lumberton, residents warily looked at the rapidly rising river in the North Carolina city, which was submerged for days after 2016's Hurricane Matthew. It was expected to reach 24 feet by midday Sunday.

Corey Walters, the city's deputy director of public works, said this was a worst-case storm scenario.

There is a mandatory evacuation order for the area, officials said.

In Fayetteville, a North Carolina city of about 210,000 people about 145km inland, authorities told thousands of residents near the Cape Fear River and Little River to get out of their homes by Sunday afternoon because of the flood risk.

The hurricane center said the storm will eventually break up over the southern Appalachians and make a right hook to the northeast, its rainy remnants moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England by the middle of next week. The storm was moving at 10 miles per hour (16 kph), with its center expected to cross the western Carolinas during Sunday and the Ohio Valley and Northeast United States on Monday and Tuesday.

As it moves near OH and West Virginia, it will become a remnant low.

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