Florence brings catastrophic floodwaters to the Carolinas

Tropical Storm Florence, The Aftermath and Beyond

Some 2,800 homes were urged to evacuate due to flooding around Cape Fear River in North Carolina.

Authorities said the storm did not cause some other deaths that occurred during Florence in North Carolina: a woman who died of undetermined causes in a shelter, a woman who suffered a heart attack at home during the storm, and a couple whose apparent murder-suicide was investigated during hurricane conditions in Otway.

The spreading disaster claimed additional lives Sunday, with at least 17 people confirmed dead, and the nation's top emergency official said other states were in the path this week. The whir of generators will doubtless be heard in the route of the metropolis, a sound no longer anticipated to unlit soon as crews work to revive energy.About 756,000 properties and businesses were with out energy on Sunday in North and SC and surrounding states, down from a top of merely about 1 million.Five of us were arrested for breaking precise into a Dollar Standard Store, stated the police department in Wilmington, which has imposed an night curfew.'Catastrophic, existence-threatening storm'"This remains to be a catastrophic, existence-threatening storm", stated Zack Taylor, a meteorologist with the Nationwide Weather Service's Weather Prediction Centre."It has already dumped 20 to 30 inches of rain on aspects of the Carolinas with more to come", he stated. County commission chairman Woody White said officials were planning for food and water to be flown into the coastal city, the Associated Press reported.

In Anson County, east of Charlotte, a train derailed on Sunday evening, but it wasn't clear whether it was storm-related or if anyone was injured.

Hundreds of thousands of homes across North and SC are without power and tens of thousands of people are in emergency shelters.

More than 2.4 million people were evacuated from China's southern Guangdong province ahead of the massive typhoon, the strongest to hit the region in almost two decades.

Downgraded to a tropical depression, Florence slowly crawled over South and North Carolina, dumping heavy rains on already flood-swollen river basins that authorities warned could bring more death and destruction. Brock Long of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said "the numbers are all over the place" and "there's just too much blame going around".

The worst may be yet to come, said Evan Duffey, a meteorologist at Accuweather in State College, Pennsylvania.

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While Wilmington has survived its share of hurricanes, including Hurricane Fran in September 1996, the city of 120,000 has not suffered the amount of rain that fell from Florence, which has since weakened to a tropical depression. Residents of inland communities who thought they were safe from the storm have to find high ground because of expected flooding.

"I have everything I need for my whole family", said Merlos.

Julie Lamb, with her 15-month-old twins, stepped off a Coast Guard boat after being rescued from her parents' house, where the yard was submerged and water was still rising at Lumberton. When the sun finally comes out later this week, it's going to take all the damage a long time to dry out. A 16-mile stretch of I-95 near Dunn was already closed Saturday.

The industrial-scale farms contain vast pits of animal feces and urine that can pose a significant pollution threat if they are breached or inundated by floodwaters. Stream gauges across the region showed water levels rising steadily, with forecasts that rivers would crest Sunday and Monday at or near record levels: The Little River, the Cape Fear, the Lumber, the Neuse, the Waccamaw and the Pee Dee were all projected to burst their banks.

Save the Children advises allowing kids to help with relief efforts so they can regain a sense of control in a storm's aftermath.

The area, about 100 miles from the North Carolina coast, includes part of the city of Fayetteville.

Near the flooded-out town of New Bern, where about 455 people had to be rescued from the swirling flood waters, water completely surrounded churches, businesses and homes.

Local police warned Wilmington residents who had evacuated not to return to the city yet.

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