Published: Sun, September 16, 2018

Can you buy flood insurance now that will cover damage by Florence?

Can you buy flood insurance now that will cover damage by Florence?

Rivers are swelling toward record levels, forecasters now warn, and thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate for fear that the next few days could bring the most destructive round of flooding in North Carolina history. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

Atlantic Beach on North Carolina's Outer Banks islands had already received 76cm of rain, the US Geological Survey said.

Tropical Storm Florence is expected to weaken into a depression soon but flash flooding and major river flooding are expected to continue over significant portions of the Carolinas.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered ahead of Florence's landfall in parts of North and SC, though many people chose to remain in their homes for reasons ranging from financial concerns and the need to care for pets that they may not have been able to take to some evacuation shelters, some who stayed in their residences told ABC News ahead of the storm.

"The rainfall is epic and will continue to be", Cooper said. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

WILSON, N.C: Tropical Storm Florence dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and SC as it trudged inland on Saturday, knocking out power and causing at least eight deaths as flood waters that have devastated many communities kept rising.

In North Carolina, at least five deaths are related to the storm - but "several others are under investigation", Cooper said. That count is expected to rise significantly.

Meanwhile, tragedy struck one family in Wilmington when a tree fell on a house; a mother and a child were killed.

In Lenoir County a 78-year-old man was electrocuted while trying to connect extension cords and another man died after being blown away by high winds while checking on his dogs. The man's family found his body Friday morning, according to Dail. SC recorded its first death from the storm when officials said a 61-year-old woman was killed when her vehicle hit a tree that had fallen across a highway.

Along with this projection, NHC warned of "life-threatening" storm surges and floods throughout both North Carolina and SC.

The death toll from tropical storm Florence that made landfall in the U.S. east coast, has increased to 13, with authorities warning of continued rains and flooding.

About 760,000 customers are without power in North Carolina on Saturday. And there could be 10 inches (25 cm) in south-western Virginia.

About 760,200 of those customers are North Carolina; 36,200 are in SC. Its surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet (3.4 meters) of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than 3 feet (0.9 meters) of rain, touching off severe flooding.

The national meteorological center says southern China "will face a severe test caused by wind and rain" and urged officials to prepare for possible disasters.

Water levels along the North and SC coasts are gradually receding as of Saturday night, the National Hurricane Center said.

One of the towns worst affected is New Bern, which sits between the Neuse and Trent rivers in North Carolina. "Nobody expected this", a rescued resident, Tom Ballance, toldThe Weather Channel. Gov. Roy Cooper warned, describing day after day of disastrous weather to come.

Three medical centers have been set up in North Carolina.

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