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Florence, a wet and unwanted visitor, besieges Carolinas

Florence, a wet and unwanted visitor, besieges Carolinas

Some towns have endured more than two feet of rain and forecasters say that more than three feet of water could bring major flooding further inland in the coming days.

More than 360 people had been rescued by midafternoon Friday, but another 140 were still waiting for help, city spokeswoman Colleen Roberts said.

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

Earlier Saturday, officials in North Carolina's Carteret County said two people were dead as a result of the storm.

In North Carolina, the mother and her baby were killed in New Hanover County when a tree fell on their house, Cooper said late Friday.

U.S. media later said a man in Lenoir County died after heavy winds knocked him down as he tried to check on his dogs.

Properties within one mile of the river were hastily evacuated on Saturday.

Holt, who has diabetes and clogged arteries, said she stayed for doctor's appointments that were canceled at the last minute.

As of 2:00 pm (1800 GMT), maximum sustained winds had weakened to near 45 miles (75 kilometers) per hour, but the NHC warned residents of risky storm surges and "catastrophic flooding". It came ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

Storm Florence has battered the eastern United States coast with non-stop rain, surging seawater and howling winds.




There is really nowhere for the water to go. Electricity remained out for much of the city, known for its historic mansions, with power lines lying across roads like wet strands of spaghetti. Other communities got well over a foot (30 centimetres).

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has been lashed by torrential rains and near-hurricane force winds, CBS News correspondent Don Dahler reported. "This rainfall will continue to produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", the advisory said.

Authorities warned, too, of the threat of mudslides and the risk of an environmental disaster from floodwaters washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.

Forecasters say "it can not be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard posed by the slow-moving storm is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland". Forecasters said the storm will eventually break up over the southern Appalachians and make a sharp rightward swing to the northeast, its rainy remnants moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England by the middle of the week. 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.

Picture the entire state of Texas covered with roughly 4 inches (10 centimeters) of water: that's Florence's rainfall forecast over a week.

On Saturday, its streets were strewn with downed tree limbs and carpeted with leaves and other debris.

Wilmington was battered by high winds and rising flood water as a pier was smashed by a huge wave. Nationwide, airlines cancelled more than 2,400 flights through Sunday. "We're trying to educate and protect Floridians so they don't fall victim to Irma for a second time".

"It's the worst feeling in the world to hear people yelling for help, and you can't do anything", she said. "It's making it hard for us to move valuable resources to areas in need". Eventually, a volunteer rescue team from IN arrived with a boat and rescued them. And a man was blown away by strong winds while outside checking on his dogs. "We got thrown into mailboxes, houses, trees", said Holt, who had stayed at home because of a doctor's appointment that was later canceled.

"Honestly, I grew up in Wilmington".

"We're in God's hands", said Rick Foreman, pastor at West Lumberton Baptist Church, as the Lumber River steadily rose Friday and local residents filled sandbags.