Carolinas brace for days of floods after Florence's deluge

Carolinas brace for days of floods after Florence's deluge

The most rain so far from Florence was 33.9 inches (86 cm) in Swansboro, North Carolina, a new record for a single hurricane in the state.

"Not only are you going to see more impact across North Carolina. but we're also anticipating you are about to see a lot of damage going through West Virginia, all the way up to OH as the system exits out", Brock Long of the Federal Emergency Management Agency told Fox News on Sunday.

With the rain and winds headed north, some residents in North and SC started to return to their homes as the sun peeked through the clouds briefly for the first time in days.

The power and danger of slow-moving flood water isn't as easy to visually grasp as, say, a news reporter braving vicious winds to demonstrate the effect.

Flood Watches extend from Virginia to MA. More than 900 water rescues have been reported in North Carolina alone, the governor's office said - but many more people need help.

The dead included a 1-year-old boy who was swept away from his mother as they tried to escape their vehicle amid floodwaters.

Authorities ordered the immediate evacuation of up to 7,500 people living within a mile of a stretch of the Cape Fear River and the Little River, about 100 miles from the North Carolina coast.

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The cost of the damage is expected to reach $15 billion for North Carolina, $2 billion for SC and $1 billion elsewhere, said Chuck Watson, a disaster researcher at Enki Research in Savannah, Georgia.

The storm brought up to 40 inches of rain to some parts of southeastern North Carolina and northeastern SC, according to the National Weather Service.

Donald Trump, who is expected to visit the affected areas this week, has declared a disaster in several North Carolina counties and made federal funding available for the recovery efforts. "We're seeing this happen now and the result is not good", Cooper said. "The snakes did not move, so I videoed them because it was one of the most intense moments I have experienced in a while.The cottonmouths were probably washed in from a swampy area and were dazed and stunned".

Eric Tryggeseth, 59, found his home in Leland, North Carolina, without power on Monday and a tree laying in his front yard. "I can't thank the first responders enough".

The US's highest emergency official said other states were in the path of Florence.

About 509,000 homes and businesses were without electricity on Monday in North and SC and surrounding states. About 708,000 customers were still without power in the Carolinas and Virginia, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

The spreading disaster claimed additional lives Sunday, with at least 23 people confirmed dead, and the nation's top emergency official said other states were in the storm's path this week.

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