Florence's drenching rains kill 23 in the Carolinas

Posted September 18, 2018

Water levels, however, are headed in the wrong direction.

While the most likely possibility is minor flooding from any heavy rainfall, there is still a low chance for mainly localized flash flooding, the National Weather Service said in a Hazardous Weather Statement.

"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.

Deadly storm Florence drenched North Carolina with more downpours on Sunday, cutting off the coastal city of Wilmington, damaging tens of thousands of homes and threatening worse flooding as rivers fill to the bursting point.

The North Carolina attorney general's office has received more than 500 complaints of price gouging - including for hotel rooms, gas and water.

"The waters are not rising anywhere near as fast, at least around the water plant, as they did during Matthew", Walters said.

The number of customers without power across North Carolina fell to just under 500,000, with about 20,000 in SC.

The White House said Trump would visit hurricane-hit areas next week 'once it is determined his travel will not disrupt any rescue or recovery efforts'. "It's really going to take a while for the floodwaters to recede so that we can get in and conduct our damage assessment".

Emergency workers delivered truckloads of food and water to Wilmington, a city of 120,000 people cut off from the rest of North Carolina by Florence's still-rising floodwaters, as rescuers elsewhere used helicopters and boats to pull inland residents from homes swamped by swollen rivers.

At least six deaths have been confirmed in neighbouring SC with the latest being the driver of a pickup truck who drove into standing water in Lexington County.

The dead range in age from 7 months to 81 years.

Storm deaths: Florence is being blamed for at least 18 deaths in the Carolinas, while Typhoon Mangkhut has killed at least 69 people in the Philippines and China.

Florence's remnants were about 125 miles (200 kilometers) west-southwest of Roanoke, Virginia, at 5 a.m. local time on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

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The National Weather Service is now forecasting between 1 and 2 inches for this region, with locally higher amounts from Monday afternoon into Tuesday evening.

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons, enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches.

Rainfall from 1-3 inches is expected, with more possible in localized areas.

Forecasters are predicting both the Little Pee Dee River in Galivants Ferry and the Waccamaw River in Conway to reach major flood status by the end of the week.

About 488,551 customers in North Carolina and 16,385 in SC don't have electricity.

"We've been going so hard and fast we don't have a number yet", he said.

Still, major parts of Lumberton are flooded.

"We know that children have been ripped from the lives that they knew, and they're unsure of what the future may hold", Thompson said.

However, some experts cast doubt.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality plans to try early this week to inspect the damaged Duke Energy landfill in Wilmington near the Cape Fear River, spokeswoman Megan Thorpe said.

Duke's Fountain said the company is confident most of the material was contained and "in the safety of the public and the environment".

There is no word that any other have been reported.

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.