'Relentless rains' continue as Florence almost stalls over Carolinas

A mother and her baby died when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina.

In the besieged city of New Bern, rescuers had plucked more than 200 people from rising waters by midmorning Friday, but about 150 more had to wait as conditions worsened and a storm surge reached 10 feet, officials said. A woman in Pender County also died when a fallen tree prevented emergency crews from reaching her while she suffered a heart attack, a county spokeswoman said.

Government aid can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-priced loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of Hurricane Florence.

Craven County Emergency Management confirmed reports there are New Bern residents trapped on rooftops. Rescue workers were able only to save her father.

Some towns have received more than 2 feet of rain from Florence, and forecasters warned that drenching rains totaling up to 3½ feet of water could trigger epic flooding well inland through early next week. Storm surge search and rescue operations have been underway across the county.

"It has slowed", he said.

"The wind was so hard, the waters were so hard, that trying to get out we got thrown into trailers".

The two remaining fishing piers in Carteret County were damaged after Florence landed off the North Carolina coast and continues to churn on Friday. While some meat processors shifted production to plants outside the storm's path, in other cases processing was put on hold altogether. The Category 1 storm has maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour and is moving slowly, at 6 miles per hour. "More people now face imminent threat than when the storm was offshore". Police say a family of three was in a home on Mercer Avenue this morning around 9:30 when a tree fell into the property.

Power outages increased throughout Friday. Several places already had more than 40 centimetres of rain, and Oriental, North Carolina got more than 50 centimetres in just a few hours.

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Water rescues were continuing on Saturday.

The Triangle is under a flash flood warning until 8 p.m. Sunday.

The path of Florence will make the risky weather conditions last for days, as it has slowed down upon reaching land. "It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave". Flooding also hit the Bogue Sound near Beaufort, the Pungo River at Belhaven and the Pamlico River at Washington.

The Navy says nearly 30 Virginia-based ships and 128 aircraft sent away from their bases in the Hampton Roads-area because of now-Tropical Storm Florence have been given the go-ahead to return. "I love hurricanes. But this one has been an experience for me", she said. Five hundred National Guard troops had responded to calls by 11 a.m. Friday.

The region is being pounded with rain from the slow-moving storm, causing the risk of catastrophic flooding. "This is a 500- or 1,000-year event".

More than 20,000 people were in 157 shelters in North Carolina, with 7,000 more in SC shelters. Parts of North Carolina had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 3 metres, he said. The Neuse River rose rapidly, overcoming the streets of New Bern.

Volunteers from all over North Carolina help rescue residents and their pets from their flooded homes during Hurricane Florence in New Bern, North Carolina, on September 14, 2018. Additional swiftwater rescue teams were on the way.

New Bern city officials took to Twitter saying: "WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU". "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU".

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