Florence disaster declared in North Carolina as flooding threat grows

Credit Weather Channel

Evidence of Hurricane Florence's wrath was sprawled across the lawn of the Patty and Philip Urick's home on the Neuse River, all but destroyed by violent flooding.

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"This storm is still deadly and unsafe and it's expected to turn northward later today into Virginia and the mid-Atlantic", he said.

To give a sense of the scope of inundation to come, the river's crest was expected at 19.1 feet, beating the record 17.9 feet set during Hurricane Matthew.

Florence has been blamed for 13 deaths in the Carolinas.

Hundreds of residents were rescued on Friday, and the city was placed under a 24-hour curfew until further notice.

Florence drove almost 1 million people from their homes and almost 700,000 lost power.

Storm Florence weakened on Sunday as it swept through the Carolinas but dozens of communities are devastated and "epic" amounts of rain could still fall, officials said.

A day after Florence blew ashore in North Carolina with 90 miles per hour winds, more than 2 feet of rain had fallen in places, and the drenching went on and on, with forecasters saying there could be an additional 1½ feet by the end of the weekend.

Florence is showing no mercy to North Carolina.

Residents of New Bern, NC and their dog are rescued from rising floodwaters caused by Hurricane Florence.

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It was downgraded further to a tropical depression on Sunday morning. That means the storm could easily drop 40 inches of rain in some spots. Another 2,900 active duty members are standing by.

Tornadoes remain a threat, with the NHC saying that 'a few tornadoes are possible in southeastern North Carolina and northeastern SC'.

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons (36 trillion liters), enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches (25 centimeters).

Civilians push a stranded motorist out of the flood water near downtown Lumberton, North Carolina. Torrential rain will cause flash flooding and increase the risk for landslides in the higher terrains.

Along the Lumber River in Lumberton, workers used heavy machinery to dump extra sand on a railbed prone to flooding.

About 760,000 customers are without power in North Carolina on Saturday. 'As rivers keep rising and rain keeps falling, the flooding will spread.

Jeff Pyron, left, and Daniel Lilly cover Lilly's roof after Hurricane Florence hit Davis N.C., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. The town had 4½ feet of storm surge.

The area, about 100 miles from the North Carolina coast, includes part of the city of Fayetteville.

Onslow County Communications Director Cornelius Jordan said "flooding is everywhere" throughout the county. "There is probably not a county or a person that will not be affected in some way by this very massive and violent storm". The track shows Florence moving west through Sunday, and then gradually turning north by Monday.

Tropical Storm Florence is expected to creep slowly through SC over the weekend.

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