As Hurricane Florence, now downgraded to a tropical storm, continued to chart a path of destruction across North and SC on Saturday, school gymnasiums morphed into makeshift shelters for thousands of people displaced from their homes in nearby flood-prone areas.
Almost 814,000 homes in North Carolina and 170,000 in SC are without power. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions. Restoring power to all customers could take weeks, it said.
"The fact that there haven't been more deaths and damage is wonderful and a blessing", said Rebekah Roth, walking around Wilmington's Winoca Terrace neighborhood. "There is probably not a county or a person that will not be affected in some way by this very massive and violent storm".
With flood waters advancing rapidly in many communities, stranded people were being rescued by boat and by helicopter, while tens of thousands of others hunkered down in shelters.
"That's why I got this thing, to use in times like this", he said.
The flooding soon spread into SC, swamping places like North Myrtle Beach, in a resort area known for its white sands and multitude of golf courses. SC recorded its first death from the storm, with officials saying a 61-year-old woman was killed when her vehicle hit a tree that had fallen across a highway. More than 60 people had to be rescued in another town as a cinderblock motel collapsed at the height of the storm's fury.
Heavy rain and flooding are expected to continue at least through the weekend, and local officials said hundreds in areas hit by Florence still need rescue.
Homes have been washed away by storm surge or made unlivable by standing water, fallen trees or other debris.
A mother and her eight-month-old baby were killed Friday when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from police in Wilmington, N.C. The father was transported to a hospital for treatment.
In Washington, North Carolina, the wind-swept Pamlico River has risen beyond its banks and is flooding entire neighborhoods. It's expected to move westward through SC into Sunday morning and then curve up toward North Carolina.
"This storm is relentless and excruciating", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told CNN late on Friday.
A 78-year-old man in Kinston, North Carolina, was electrocuted when he tried to connect two extension cords outside in the rain, according to Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Roger Dail.
"Florence is here to stay for awhile", McMaster said from Columbia Friday afternoon. Some area residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit.
The White House on Saturday said President Donald Trump had approved making federal funding available in some counties. The figure for SC was 170,000. Although more than $740 million in federal, state and local funds have been spent to address Matthew's damages, state officials are still working to distribute $236 million allocated by the federal government past year to help reimburse or pay for extensive home repairs.
She was eventually rescued by a boat crew; 140 more awaited help. "Honestly, I grew up in Wilmington". Dolphins have been seen swimming close to the shoreline in high water caused by Hurricane Florence .
Waffle House has always been a popular spot for round-the-clock comfort food for locals and travelers alike throughout the South. The storm destroyed seven Waffle Houses, and the closures led management to revamp the company's disaster preparedness efforts.
Almost 3,000 deaths have been attributed to Hurricane Maria , making it the second-deadliest storm in the US. He said: "When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths".
Bradford is especially eager to get back on the field. "I remain hopeful that both those guys will come back in the near future". A heavy dose of Adrian Peterson worked for the Redskins on Sunday, but Washington will have to win with passing sooner or later.
Tourists reacted in horror as they watched the aftermath of a cliff collapse on a popular beach on the Greek island of Zakynthos. O'Connell described the piece of rock that fell as being as big as a four-storey building, crashing down onto the beach .
The incident was not reported until Thursday, when a young woman - not in the video - filed a complaint. The police registered a case under preventive sections of the Criminal Procedure Code and arrested him.
Amnesty International's expert on human rights in the EU, Berber Biala-Hettinga, hailed the vote as "historic". Among the concerns raised at the European Parliament was the Hungarian government's actions against CEU.
Jackson said he was putting his foot down, and Gordon would not get any preferential treatment. "Got to throw it out there". However, Steelers defender Cameron Sutton read the play correctly and corralled the interception.
The recall campaign hasn't officially begun, so don't rush to call your dealer and set up an appointment to get it fixed just yet. GM said that about 210,000 of the recalled vehicles were sold new in the US , while the others were delivered to Canada.
U.S. lawmakers ask Google if it will rejoin Chinese market
Subsequently, there have been reports about internal unrest among Google employees over the project, which is codenamed Dragonfly. And Google is likely to face questions about China when it testifies on privacy issues before a Senate panel on 26 September.
MS ranked 2nd highest in adult obesity in US
There are, however, bright spots in certain settings where policies and programs have made it easier to eat well and exercise. Obesity rates vary from state to state, with a low of about 23 percent in Colorado to a high of 38 percent in West Virginia.