Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
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Captures of damage done by Tropical Storm Florence

Captures of damage done by Tropical Storm Florence

"I can not overstate it: Floodwaters are rising, and if you aren't watching for them, you are risking your life", Governor Roy Cooper said.

The coastal North Carolina city of Wilmington, population 117,000, is so deeply submerged that no one can get in.

An estimated 2,975 people lost their lives in the storm and in its aftermath, according to a recently released study commissioned by Puerto Rico's government and conducted by researchers at George Washington University. "There is no access to Wilmington".

Cooper had a stark warning to any residents considering returning to their flooded home towns.

It was downgraded further to a tropical depression on Sunday morning.

A day after Florence's landfall in North Carolina, water is shaping up to be the storm's deadliest impact - and the rains will only keep coming as flood damage mounts.

"We're going to get hammered", said Kevin Arata, spokesman for the city of Fayetteville, North Carolina.

"We'll get through this".

But FEMA administrator Brock Long, when asked on NBC's "Meet the Press" whether his agency accepts that death count, said that "the numbers are all over the place". "Great job FEMA, First Responders and Law Enforcement - not easy, very risky, tremendous talent". "They have not even begun (to crest)".

- A man who drowned in an overturned vehicle on a flooded road in Georgetown County, South Carolina. Earlier, authorities said a man drowned after his pickup truck flipped into a drainage ditch along a flooded SC road and two people died from inhaling carbon monoxide from a generator in their home. In South Carolina, some 36,000 customers are without power, officials said.

Because the storm virtually stalled after hitting the shoreline, it has dumped record amounts of rain on the mid-Atlantic region, pulling warm water from the ocean.

"I'm not going to waste my time". "I knew I had someone else's life in my hands". This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

The industrial-scale farms typically feature vast pits of animal feces and urine that can pose a significant pollution threat if they are breached or inundated by floodwaters. Hundreds of thousands of outages have been reported.

In Belville, North Carolina, just south of Leland, some shops had power restored on Sunday.

Officials urged those who evacuated to stay away. CORRECTING TYPO IN CITY NAME People wait to be rescued by members of the U.S. Army during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern, North Carolina, U.S., September 14, 2018.

John Rose owns a furniture business with stores less than a mile (1.6 kilometers) from the river.

He and his staff managed to move more than 1,000 mattresses from a low-lying warehouse. The Waccamaw River, near Conway, South Carolina, will rise near record levels by the end of the week.

An additional 5 to 10 inches, with storm total accumulations of 15 to 20 inches in western North Carolina, are forecast.

More than 60 people, including many children, were evacuated from a hotel in Jacksonville, North Carolina, after strong winds collapsed part of the roof. "If you aren't watching for them, you are risking your life". Its winds were down to 35 miles per hour (55 kph).

Some roads were closed by rushing water Saturday night while others were blocked off by toppled trees, felled by saturated soil and strong winds, the Charlotte Observer said. Dozens of electric fix trucks massed to respond to damage expected to hit central North Carolina as rainwater collected into rivers headed to the coast. "The slow motion of the storm will make this a very prolonged flood event", said Reid Hawkins, science officer for the National Weather Service office in Wilmington.

Near the Sutton Power Plant in Wilmington, coal ash leaked from a Duke Energy landfill.

In New Bern, along the coast, aerial photos show homes completely surrounded by water, with rescuers using inflatable boats to go house to house to remove people.

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