Now a tropical storm, Florence spreads watery mayhem across Carolina

Andrew Carter  The News & Observer via AP

Andrew Carter The News & Observer via AP

Members of the North Carolina National Guard finish stacking sand bags under a highway overpass near the Lumber River which is expected to flood from Hurricane Florence's rain in Lumberton, North Carolina, on September 14, 2018.

Forecasters warned that drenching rains of 1 to 3 1/2 feet (30 centimetres to 1 metre) as the storm crawls westward across North and SC could trigger epic flooding well inland over the next few days.

Almost 814,000 homes in North Carolina and 170,000 in SC are without power.

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. "Roads are closed in many places and more are closing even as we speak". "Work will begin when conditions safely allow", the company said on its website on Saturday.

More than 10 million people are under hurricane watches or warnings and 1.7 million have been ordered to evacuate the coast.

Rescue crews have used boats to reach hundreds of people trapped by the rising waters. These rains are expected to produce "prolonged, significant river flooding".

"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", he said.

And they say people who are truly in an emergency should call 911, not just Tweet about it.

A video of a USA weather reporter channel made rounds on the social media, showing him apparently exaggerating the force of Hurricane Florence, but the same live coverage showed it was not actually the case. NEW BERN OVERWHELMEDIn New Bern, North Carolina, the storm surge "overwhelmed" the town, located at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers, Cooper said.

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More than 800,000 customers in North Carolina were without power and 21,000 people were being housed in 157 shelters across the state. "People that live in flood-prone areas near creeks and rivers need to be prepared".

The surges will be most harmful in North Carolina, with rain and flooding also making the dangerously high water levels even worse.

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".

The effects of Florence won't be fading anytime soon, either, as current forecasts have upwards of 15-to-20 additional inches of rain possible for areas of North and SC will Florence's remnants will linger for the next 48 to 72 hours. This comes a day after 90 miles per hour winds and torrential rain came down on North Carolina, making rivers rise to record levels.

More than five people have died in Hurricane Florence before it was downgraded to a tropical storm still capable of wreaking havoc.

The storm's first casualties, which included a mother and her baby killed when a tree fell on their brick house in Wilmington, North Carolina, were announced about eight hours after Florence came ashore on Friday (local time).

Another individual's death was reported Friday in coastal Pender County though few details are known.

Some local residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit early on Friday.

The White House said President Trump will tour areas affected by Florence next week, once it is determined that his visit will not disrupt rescue and recovery operations. "Dangerous storm surge could also affect portions of the northeast coast of SC coast today".

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