Death Toll Rises To 11 As Florence Pours On The Rain

CBS News

Authorities on Saturday warned residents displaced by a killer hurricane that its devastation was far from over, as Florence dumped "epic amounts of rainfall" across the eastern United States, bringing catastrophic flooding. The storm knocked out power to almost 930,000 homes and businesses, and the number could keep rising.

Fayetteville, a city of about 210,000 people about 90 miles (145 km) inland, issued a mandatory evacuation order for thousands of residents near Cape Fear River because of flooding. Gusts reached over 100 miles per hour - the highest recorded in North Carolina since 1958.

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. Work will begin when conditions safely allow", the company said on its website on Saturday.

Many social media users picking up on the two people in the background and mocked the reporter for exaggerating the wind gusts of Hurricane Florence.

As 400-mile-wide (645-kilometer-wide) Florence pounded away at the coast with torrential downpours and surging seas, rescue crews used boats to reach more than 360 people besieged by rising waters in New Bern, North Carolina, while many of their neighbors awaited help.

Major river flooding expected to continue into early next week.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city of New Bern tweeted around 2am local time. "If you aren't watching for them, you are risking your life".

In North Carolina, unrelenting rains were expected to swell the Cape Fear River to 62 feet next week, 3 feet higher than during Hurricane Matthew in 2016. He said parts of North Carolina had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 10 feet (3 metres).

According to Doll, many areas in North Carolina are seeing somewhere between 10 and 20 inches of rain.


And weather officials said more is coming, labeling as "extreme" the impacts from storm surge and flash flooding.

The Federal Emergency Management Authority said motorists should not attempt to drive through floodwaters. A 61-year-old woman died Friday night when her vehicle struck a tree that fell during the storm, state emergency officials said.

A mother and her child were killed in Wilmington when a tree fell on their home on Friday. The Category 1 storm is expected to move further across parts of North Carolina and South Carolina Friday and Saturday.

Governor Cooper advised North Carolina residents inland that rivers will rise days after the rain has stopped.

More than five people have died in Hurricane Florence before it was downgraded to a tropical storm still capable of wreaking havoc.

The White House said President Trump had issued a disaster declaration for North Carolina a day earlier, freeing up funds for housing and home fix.

The video had been viewed more than 3.6 million times and had received nearly 60,000 retweets as of Friday evening.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster urged patience, emphasizing that his state had never seen "a hurricane staying on top of us for this long". Although more than $740 million in federal, state and local funds have been spent to address Matthew's damages, state officials are still working to distribute $236 million allocated by the federal government a year ago to help reimburse or pay for extensive home repairs.

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