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16 September 2018, 10:12 | Justin Tyler
US power companies said more than 870,000 homes and businesses, mostly in North Carolina and SC, were without power on Saturday after Florence hit the Southeast coast. The Little River, the Cape Fear, the Lumber, the Neuse, the Waccamaw and the Pee Dee were all projected to rise over their banks, flooding cities and towns.
Tropical Storm Florence, downgraded from a hurricane Friday, remains over the Grand Strand Saturday with the National Weather Service warning of potential flash flooding and storm surge.
Across the Carolinas, officials are sounding the alarm: More communities will flood as rivers collect water from upstream and spill over.
Parts of North and SC were forecast to get as much as 40 inches of rain (1 meter). These rains are expected to produce "prolonged, significant river flooding".
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division called the insurance rumor "FALSE" over social media, saying that the claim had spread to SC residents. That could affect the infrastructure, bridges, residences, farms and other buildings, Dahler said. Florence "will produce catastrophic flooding over parts of North and SC for some time", NOAA official Steve Goldstein said Saturday morning.
Hurricane Florence is tearing through the Carolinas with disastrous flooding and record-setting rainfall. The child's injured father was taken to hospital.
As of 5 a.m., Florence was 25 miles (55 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina. When they got to the home, the woman was dead. So far, at least three people have died because of the storm, including a mother and infant who were in a Mercer Avenue house when it was struck by a felled tree.
He advised never to drive through still or moving water covering roadways - and not to return to hard-hit areas until given an official "all-clear".
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. They later clarified those deaths were not related to Florence. Along with other home cleanup and fix work ministries, Frazier said his group works to "basically restore somebody back to where they were as much as we can". The winds howled, and the family escaped to an upper floor bedroom.
Charley English of the American Red Cross said anyone wondering how to help from afar can donate blood, registering first at their local Red Cross websites.
"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted around 2 a.m. Friday.
Holt, who has diabetes and clogged arteries, said she stayed for doctor's appointments that were canceled at the last minute. 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 Saturday.
Forecasters say the center of the eye of Florence has made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina.
It's not just rain in the local area that will torment Conway, forecasters warn. Rivers will continue to rise days after the rain has stopped, he said.
In North Carolina, the city of New Bern was particularly hard hit. As U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans - who according to polls have a very low opinion of the president - can vote in state elections once they've established residency and registered.
The National Weather Service warned of "life-threatening, catastrophic flash floods" as a staggering 18 trillion tons of rain could be dumped on the Mid-Atlantic through next week, enough to cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches of water.
Rainfall totals for the storm will be similar to those in hurricanes Dennis and Floyd in 1999, the National Weather Service's Chris Wamsley said.
"The only difference is, back then it was within 14 days", he said.
Florence's forward movement during the day slowed to a near-standstill - sometimes it was going no faster than a human can walk - and that enabled it to pile on the rain.
Trump previously declared states of emergency in North and SC, and Virginia.
Florence was one of two major storms threatening millions of people on opposite sides of the world.
After blowing ashore as a hurricane with winds of 90 miles per hour (145 kph), Florence virtually parked itself much of the weekend atop the Carolinas as it pulled warm water from the ocean and hurled it onshore.
Florence's remnants are expected to keep traveling north and then northeast and could drop several inches of rain in eastern Tennessee and eastern Kentucky, southwest Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
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