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Florence: North Carolina's rivers still rising after record rain

Florence death toll rises to 25 as flooding continues Warships ready to help with Florence response
Ellis Copeland | 18 September, 2018, 16:41

At least 15 people have died since Florence made landfall Friday as a Category 1 hurricane near Wrightsville Beach, 10 in North Carolina and five in SC.

It crawled across North and SC (for much of the weekend the storm moved about as fast as you can walk) over the weekend, dumping rain and causing flooding across the states.

And if you think you can pick your way through back roads to get to the coast, hundreds of those are closed due to flooding as well.

"Not only are you going to see more impact across North Carolina. but we're also anticipating you are about to see a lot of damage going through West Virginia, all the way up to OH as the system exits out", Brock Long of the Federal Emergency Management Agency told Fox News on Sunday.

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.

Hurricane Florence is the wettest tropical depression ever in North Carolina.

In some places, the rain finally stopped, and the sun peeked through, but North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned that dangerously high water would persist for days.

Florence was causing severe weather over Virginia as it moved north, with WWBT reporting a tornado outbreak that included at least one touchdown.

Fears of what could be the worst flooding in the state's history led officials to order tens of thousands to evacuate, though it was not clear how many had fled or even could.

Florence death toll rises to 25 as flooding continues

Phoenix Fire Department Capt. Kenny Overton told KTAR News 92.3 FM he didn't know how long the team would be away. Authorities reported two more deaths on Monday, both in North Carolina. The flooding could presist for several weeks in some areas.

The dead included a one-year-old boy who was swept away after his mother drove into floodwaters and lost grip on him as they tried to escape their auto.

A wall of concrete barriers and plastic sheets is being built along U.S. Highway 501 to save the main road into Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, from going underwater.

North Carolina issued warnings to drivers traveling down I-95 from Virginia to bypass the state, instead going west to Tennessee, CNN reported. He said he anticipated "quite a bit" of temporary housing would be made available for citizens who have lost their homes.

About 70 miles away from the coast, residents near the Lumber River stepped from their homes directly into boats floating in their front yards; river forecasts showed the scene could be repeated in towns as far as 250 miles inland as waters rise for days.

"That's why I got this thing, to use in times like this", he said.

The body of an elderly man was found by his submerged auto Monday morning, the Union County Sheriff's Office said.

In the town of Trenton, North Carolina, the Trent River surpassed its flooding record of 28.42 feet, also set during Hurricane Floyd.

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

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