More days of flooding ahead for Carolinas, surrounding states

Warnings of 'Catastrophic and Historic' Flooding as Experts Say Worst of Hurricane Florence Yet to Come

Emergency crews throw supply lifeline to isolated Wilmington, N.C.

When North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence, the state's price gouging law went into effect. "Still expecting record or near-record flooding across a large part of North Carolina in the days to come".

The coastal city of Wilmington remained cut off by flood waters from the Cape Fear River on Monday.

Most of the monetary damage is due to property loss, and the company said these figures could rise as inland flooding continues. "Not only are you going to see more impact across North Carolina this week ... 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", said Brock Long of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

In the Carolinas, the National Weather Service continued to warn people the floods were worsening.

"Three days of relentless rain from #Florence has resulted in significant flooding in #NC #SC", said Duke Energy, a major power supplier. Forecasters said it was expected to gradually pick up forward speed and complete a big turn toward the Northeast, which is in for as much as 6 inches of rain.

Hundreds of thousands of homes across North and SC are without power and tens of thousands of people are in emergency shelters.

Six deaths have been confirmed in neighboring SC, with the latest being the driver of a pickup truck who drove into standing water in Lexington County.

Rescue teams searched overnight for a one-year-old boy who was swept away outside Charlotte, North Carolina, after rushing water pushed his mother's auto off the road, the Union County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook.

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About 509,000 homes and businesses were without electricity on Monday in North and SC and surrounding states.

Preliminary statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed Florence had the fourth-highest rainfall total of any hurricane to hit the USA mainland since 1950, with 35.94 inches (91.2 centimetres) at Elizabethtown, North Carolina.

The organization is collecting a wide range of items including canned goods, personal hygiene items, bottled water, pet supplies, first aid supplies, sheets, sleeping bags, tents, diapers, paper towels, plates and cups.

The N.C. Highway Patrol has stressed that people trying to return home should not drive around police barriers, said Cooper.

Sean Adams, 29, a contractor from Leland, said his home suffered only minor damage but he had no idea when power might be restored. "It's getting frustrating", he said.

The storm killed 17 people in North Carolina, including a mother and child hit by a falling tree, state officials said.

Two men in their 70s died in Lenoir County.

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