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Hurricane Florence Dumps 'Epic Amounts of Rainfall' On US States

16 September 2018

Mike Pollack searches for a drain in the yard of his flooded waterfront home a day after Hurricane Florence hit the area, on September 15, 2018 in Wilmington, North Carolina.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump stands by tweets questioning Puerto Rico death toll: "NO WAY" Trump pushes back on ex-lawyer putting out book, cites "attorney-client privilege" Wealthiest Republican supporter in OH quits party MORE plans to travel to areas affected by Hurricane Florence next week once conditions improve and his visit won't disrupt recovery efforts, the White House said Friday. Flooding also hit the Bogue Sound near Beaufort, the Pungo River at Belhaven and the Pamlico River at Washington. Then, once the remnants of the tempest reach the higher terrain of the southern Appalachians, flash floods, mudslides and debris flows.

Relief will not come quickly. It was moving west at 2 miles per hour, the National Weather Service said.

Parts of West-central Virginia and far eastern West Virginia will see "life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding, along with an elevated risk for landslides", according to the agency.

Florence now huge, slow-moving tropical storm.

The effects of Florence won't be fading anytime soon, either, as current forecasts have upwards of 15-to-20 additional inches of rain possible for areas of North and SC will Florence's remnants will linger for the next 48 to 72 hours. "We're going to have to have patience, we're going to have to be careful and we're going to have to deal with a lot of water".

"Our house is on high ground so we're not anxious about the flooding", he said. "We're trying to educate and protect Floridians so they don't fall victim to Irma for a second time".

Officials in North Carolina's Harnett County, about 90 miles inland, urged residents of about 1,100 homes to clear out because the Lower Little River was rising toward record levels.

Another individual's death was reported Friday in coastal Pender County though few details are known.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the tweet said.

More than 20,000 people are staying in 157 emergency shelters in North Carolina, Cooper said.

The White House said on Friday President Donald Trump had spoken with state and local officials, assuring them the federal government was prepared to help.

Sixty-seven-year-old Sadie Marie Holt was among those rescued Friday. She tried to row out of her neighborhood Thursday night with a boat that was in her yard after her home began to flood, but she had to retreat because of the poor conditions.

Even as the winds abated, the waters rose. "We got thrown into mailboxes, houses, trees", said Holt, who had stayed at home because of a doctor's appointment that was later canceled.

The Neuse River rose rapidly, overcoming the streets of New Bern.

A mother and her infant are dead after a tree fell on their house in Wilmington.

In Kinston, a city southeast of Raleigh, two people died in the storm. Meanwhile, two men can be seen in the background strolling casually with no effort in the rain.

Elsewhere in North Carolina, a man was knocked to the ground while outside and died. A 61-year-old woman died Friday night when her auto struck a tree that fell during the storm, state emergency officials said.

The city of Jacksonville's statement says people have been moved to the city's public safety center as officials work to find a more permanent shelter.

Cooper said others should not follow suit.

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Hurricane Florence Dumps 'Epic Amounts of Rainfall' On US States