Death toll rise to 13, Florence continues to wreak havoc in US

Aaron Brown
September 16, 2018

Forecasters say heavy rains also are expected early in the week.

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"North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned in a briefing Saturday morning that more people in the state are in danger now than when Florence made landfall there on Friday".

Volunteers from all over North Carolina help to rescue residents from their flooded homes during Hurricane Florence September 14, 2018, in New Bern, North Carolina. It was moving west at 8 miles per hour, the National Weather Service said. Rivers will continue to rise days after the rain has stopped, he said. Another person was arrested for allegedly looting an Exxon gas station and convenience store.

As people waded in waist-deep floodwaters in some parts of North Carolina, officials said things are only going to get worse. Some other parts of SC could see rainfall totals of up to 15 inches, forecasters said. The previous record of 24.06 inches was set during Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

Over a million residents in North Carolina are now without power and authorities have confirmed at least five deaths.

To prevent those routes from being flooded, cutting off Horry County and virtually turning the Myrtle Beach area into an island, transportation officials plan to build a mile-long barrier along the Lynches River to keep US 378 passable. When they got to the home, the woman was dead, authorities said.

Civilians push a stranded motorist out of the flood water near downtown Lumberton, North Carolina. The governor's office said a man was electrocuted while trying to connect extension cords in the rain.

Officials in SC said a 61-year-old woman died when her vehicle struck a tree that had fallen across a highway near the town of Union.

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At 2300 EDT (0300 GMT), the NHC said Florence had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 km), and was slowly drifting westward over SC.

In general, south eastern sections of North Carolina like Wilmington and Fayetteville are at risk of flooding. Flooding was expected to start on Saturday night. The storm was moving west at 8 miles per hour.

The story, which is no longer the top story on the site, falsely states the Myrtle Beach authorities announced they were done responding to emergency calls until conditions improved. Cars struggled to make their way through roads covered with a foot of water, with much more rain predicted over the coming days. The Transportation Department is strongly recommending that residents find high ground and remain there until the risk of flooding has decreased.

Firefighters said the area had not been in the zone under evacuation orders.

Everyone in the mandatory evacuation zone, an estimated 2,800 households, according to WCNC, was ordered to leave by 3 p.m. EST.

Officials have declared states of emergency in several states, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms.

Parts of North and SC were forecast to get as much as 40 inches of rain (1 meter). The storm is tracked to move across the western Carolinas and then curve over the Ohio Valley on Monday and Tuesday.

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