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Florence 'unloading epic amounts of rainfall' in North Carolina

16 September 2018

SC recorded its first death from the storm, with officials saying a 61-year-old woman was killed when her vehicle hit a tree that had fallen across a highway. And a man was blown away by strong winds while outside checking on his dogs.

Even as the winds abated, the waters rose. Morehead City, North Carolina, had received 23 inches (58 centimeters) of rain by Friday night with more torrents on the way.

Photos and videos from around the region, and particularly North Carolina, showed the power that Florence contained as it came ashore, leading to rescues across the area.

Major river flooding expected to continue into early next week. "Life-threatening, catastrophic flash floods and prolonged significant river flooding are likely over portions of the Carolinas and the southern to central Appalachians from western North Carolina into southwest Virginia through early next week". The rivers are in most cases several days from cresting.

The deadly storm made landfall on the east coast of the U.S. on Friday bringing with it "biblical" flooding on what's been described as a "thousand-year rain event".

There is really nowhere for the water to go.

Speaking during a visit to Moscow less than an hour after the hurricane made landfall in North Carolina, Perry says "we've done this many times before". We know how to manage expectations.

Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesVolunteers from all over North Carolina help rescue residents from their flooded homes during Hurricane Florence September 14, 2018 in New Bern, North Carolina.

Three medical centers have been set up in North Carolina.

"That's why I got this thing, to use in times like this", he said. There had been no reports of injuries or fatalities, though most of the city was without power and thousands of buildings had been damaged, she said.

Sixty-seven-year-old Sadie Marie Holt was among those rescued Friday. "We face walls of water". We got thrown into mailboxes.

The National Hurricane Center said a gauge in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, reported 6.3 feet (1.92 meters) of inundation.

That's how hard the wind gusted in North Carolina's New River inlet.

"So dramatic!" wrote the Twitter user who posted the clip, which was viewed almost 18 million times as of Saturday afternoon.

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The Wilmington Police Department said the two were killed when a tree fell on their house.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster asked people to remain patient during a last-minute news conference before Hurricane Florence begins to impact the state. This comes a day after 90 miles per hour winds and torrential rain came down on North Carolina, making rivers rise to record levels. And a 77-year-old man died when he was knocked over by wind, he said.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster on Saturday announced the death of a 61-year-old woman who died when her auto hit a downed tree on a highway.

"Have skin protection if you're in the water", Schlegelmilch said.

"Our hearts go out to the families of those who died in this storm", Cooper said in a statement.

There is this one shark photo without which hurricanes and floods can not wreak havoc in the US. "Be extremely careful and stay alert".

Officials in North Carolina's Harnett County, about 90 miles inland, urged residents of about 1,100 homes to clear out because the Lower Little River was rising toward record levels.

"Many people who think that the storm has missed them have yet to see its threat", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said.

Usually hurricanes this far north deliver their punch and quickly leave town. "Dangerous storm surge could also affect portions of the northeast coast of SC coast today".

The coast has been battered, and the mountains appear to be next.

Firefighters said the area had not been in the zone under evacuation orders. Newport, N.C., has already accumulated 23.7 inches. Flash floods can materialize within minutes of intense rain as the water rushes down hillsides.

"If you are told to evacuate, please do so immediately. If you have any kinds of cuts or nicks on your leg, make sure to keep those areas very clean, and just try to avoid exposure to any of it as much as possible".

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.

At one point, the 350-mile-wide but slow-moving storm packed winds so fierce that "CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor almost lost contact with CBS News' New York studio during the morning broadcast.

Florence 'unloading epic amounts of rainfall' in North Carolina