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Florence lumbers inland, leaving 5 dead, states flooded, World News & Top Stories

Wilmington NC tree This retired Marine is rescuing storm victims in his military transport vehicle
Jeannette Daniel | 16 September, 2018, 12:11

Officials in North Myrtle Beach, where some flooding was occurring, did report some delays in their 911 emergency system, according to a news release, but their public safety personnel are still out in the community.

More than 360 people were rescued as of midafternoon Friday, but another 140 were still waiting for help, city spokeswoman Colleen Roberts told the Associated Press.

There are at least two other coal-fired Duke plants in North Carolina that are likely to affected by the storm.

Rivers are swelling toward record levels, forecaster warn, and thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate for fear that the next few days could bring some of the most destructive flooding in North Carolina history.

North Carolina's governor Roy Cooper said: "Know that water is rising fast everywhere, even in places that don't typically flood".

"The rainfall is epic and will continue to be", Cooper said.

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

WILMINGTON (North Carolina) • Tropical storm Florence lumbered inland yesterday, knocking down trees, flooding rivers, and dumping sheets of rain in the Carolinas where five people have died.

Members of Onslow County emergency look to see if a passenger was still in a auto that was overtaken by flooding on US Route 17 outside of Jacksonville, North Carolina on September 15, 2018 during Tropical Storm Florence. Authorities expect the death toll to rise in the coming days.

Meanwhile, tragedy struck one family in Wilmington when a tree fell on a house; a mother and a child were killed. And a man was blown away by strong winds while outside checking on his dogs. The man's family found his body Friday morning, according to Dail.

Authorities in SC reported one death, saying a woman was killed when her vehicle struck a fallen tree. But the storm was shaping up as a two-part disaster, with the second, delayed-action stage consisting of inland flooding, caused by rainwater working its way into rivers and streams.

In its initial onslaught along the coast, Florence buckled buildings, deluged entire communities and knocked out power to more than 900,000 homes and businesses.

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"I can not overstate it: flood waters are rising".

By 5 a.m., about 200 people had been rescued from flooded homes in New Bern, where the National Weather Service reported 10 feet of inundation.

About 760,000 customers are without power in North Carolina on Saturday. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimeters) of water, he calculated. That means the storm could easily drop 40 inches of rain in some spots.

As of Saturday morning, the storm had dumped over 30 inches of rain in parts of North Carolina.

Flash flood are expected to his the south-east coast as the storm moves across land.

"Life-threatening storm surge will continue along portions of the North Carolina coast through today, and also along the Neuse and Pamlico Sound, where rainfall and fresh water flooding will also contribute to high water levels", the update read. "Nobody expected this", a rescued resident, Tom Ballance, toldThe Weather Channel. He says that "over the years the state government and the federal government have become very coordinated in their ability to manage the pre-deployment of assets (and) the response to the citizens of those states, and we will soon be into the recovery".

A North Carolina city says about 70 people have been rescued from a hotel whose structural integrity is being threatened by Hurricane Florence.

23 aviation rescues, and counting.

Authorities have set up 89 emergency operation centers throughout the state.

Electricity remained out for much of the city, with power lines lying across many roads like wet strands of spaghetti.

This post will be updated.

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