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The study found that from 1963 to 2012 90% of deaths occurred in water related incidents, mostly drowning. Forecasters said the torrents could continue for days, touching off disastrous flooding. The Little River, the Cape Fear, the Lumber, the Neuse, the Waccamaw and the Pee Dee were all projected to rise over their banks, flooding cities and towns. 20,000 people had holed up in Red Cross shelters in the region ahead of the storm.

Several victims died on flooded roads. "There is no access to Wilmington".

"It is likely to weaken to a tropical depression by Saturday night", according to the NHC.

A slowing tropical storm Florence continues to creep along the Carolinas today.

Meanwhile, half way around the world, Typhoon Mangkhut barreled into southern China on Sunday after lashing the Philippines with strong winds and heavy rain that left dozens dead.

Four deaths were confirmed by officials as United States media reported another.

Nearly 800,000 people are reported to be without power in North Carolina and officials have warned that restoring electricity could take days or even weeks. Across the two states there are some 30,000 people staying in emergency shelters.

"We'll get through this. We just know we're getting out of here".

The coastline is under immediate threat of increasingly high water levels due to winds pushing surges onshore, with large and destructive waves.

Tropical Storm Florence was predicted all along to camp over the Carolinas after making landfall. A 77-year-old man was apparently knocked down by the wind and died after going out to check on his hunting dogs, Lenoir County authorities said. "I'd say a good way to classify it would be overnight tonight into early tomorrow morning".

Flooding concerns extend beyond the coast of North Carolina as well.

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"I'm not going to waste my time". The Roanoke River may also experience minor flooding conditions. But the water kept rising. The Defense Department said about 13,500 military personnel had been assigned to help relief efforts. But once New Bern TV news station WCTI evacuated its newsroom Thursday night because of flooding and people began to lose power, the seriousness of the situation began dawning on folks, she said. He moved quickly as workers helped him empty more than 1,000 mattresses from a warehouse in a low-lying strip mall. "Don't drive across standing or moving water".

"It is the water, it's the surge, it's the rain that effects and can kill you more than the wind can in a hurricane", FEMA Associate Administrator Jeff Byard warned on Saturday. It was expected to keep lashing parts of North and SC into the weekend, according to the Washington Post.

A tornado watch was issued for eastern North Carolina.

There have been "several hundred" rescue operations, Governor Cooper said.

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Officials were warning residents not only to stay off the roads but also to avoid using GPS systems. Numerous roads are closed from Bent Mountain southward past Floyd.

Photos and videos from around the region, and particularly North Carolina, showed the power that Florence contained as it came ashore, leading to rescues across the area. Utilities said some could be out for weeks. It continues to chug west, slowing down from 5 miles per hour to 2 miles per hour. The storm is some 400 miles (645 kilometers) wide. Its winds were down to 45 miles per hour (75 kph).

Authorities in SC reported one death, saying a woman was killed when her vehicle struck a fallen tree.

The rain is resulting in a catastrophic flooding in southeast North Carolina which is spreading into the interior, reaching even into the population centers of Raleigh and Charlotte. Sutton was retired in 2013 and the company has been excavating ash to remove to safer lined landfills. Sheehan said that estimate could be revised.

At 2 a.m. Friday, the city tweeted an ominous message, saying at least 150 people were awaiting rescue. In the neighboring town of Trenton, downtown streets were turned to creeks full of brown water.

A family rescued from their New Jersey home by boat during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 is waiting to find out whether Florence took their new one in North Carolina. Wright, who sings in the choir at Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist, led residents at the shelter in an energetic singalong.


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