Flood waters rise as Florence pummels Carolinas; at least eight dead

Spotlight: Five killed in US East Coast as Hurricane Florence weakening to tropical storm - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Florence will then turn back towards the eastern US coast, making its way to Pennsylvania by 2 a.m. ET Tuesday. "Just stay indoors, be safe, continue to pray and somehow we will all get through this together".

Kim Adams makes her way to her home that is surrounded by flood waters after Florence passed through the area on September 15, 2018 in Southport, North Carolina. "This system is unloading epic amounts of rainfall". "Catastrophic flooding, long term major river flooding, life-threatening storm surge, and wind damage are occurring or imminent". The Neuse River rose rapidly, overcoming the streets of New Bern.

Mayor Dana Outlaw told CNN that more than 400 people had been rescued.

"You evacuate from water", Cline said.

"Amazing. They did awesome", said Knox, who was stranded with seven others, including a boy who was carried out in a life vest.

More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters. "And you don't need power to sling booze", said owner Eli Ellsworth. You can help those impacted by the hurricane by donating to the American Red Cross or donating blood at the Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City.

Wind speeds are kicking up far from the coast in central SC as Hurricane Florence slowly makes its way along the coast. Cooper cited a National Weather Service forecast that said almost the entire state could be covered in several feet of water.

Blowing ashore with howling 90 miles per hour (155 kph) winds, Hurricane Florence splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast Friday in what could be just the opening act in a watery, two-part, slow-motion disaster.

"The fact that there haven't been more deaths and damage is fantastic and a blessing", said Rebekah Roth, walking around Wilmington's Winoca Terrace neighborhood on Saturday.

Mr Cooper said: "North Carolina Emergency Management experts have been sharing flood mapping with local officials".

Duke said it had more than 20,000 personnel ready to start fixing outages as soon as conditions allowed, including more than 8,000 from Duke's Carolinas utilities, 1,700 from the Midwest, 1,200 from Florida and 9,400 from other utilities. We know how to manage expectations.

"It will not stop, this weather event of Florence", Begnaud said.

Perry says his department has been in contact with power companies and gas pipeline operators.

According to Gov. Cooper, rescue operations are underway across the state.

The storm was expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said.

Hurricane Florence is dumping rain on North Carolina and pushing a storm surge taller than most humans onto communities near the coast.

Florence has already set a North Carolina record for rainfall totals, exceeding that of Hurricane Floyd, which struck in 1999 and caused 56 deaths.

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.

Tropical Storm Florence is expected to creep slowly through SC over the weekend.

Rescue crews used boats to carry more than 360 people from rising water in the river town of New Bern, North Carolina, while many of their neighbours awaited help. Dozens more were rescued from a collapsed motel.

None of the people rescued were injured.

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