CORRECTING GRAMMAR AND TYPO IN CITY NAME A family is stalled in water as they wait to be rescued during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern, North Carolina, U.S., September 14, 2018.
North Carolina must withstand more torrential rains, gusty winds, and river flooding from Tropical Storm Florence next week, but emergency leaders are already working on the recovery. Most of the outages are in North Carolina, though several thousand are without power in SC.
Warning of the storm's continued threat to life, Governor Roy Cooper said: "More people now face imminent threat than when the storm was offshore".
Floodwaters surged over roads, prompting the closing of Interstate 95 just north of the Carolinas' border. "After a disaster, we tend to see a lot of skin infections and skin rashes", said Jeff Schlegelmilch, deputy director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University. "Work will begin when conditions safely allow", the company said on its website on Saturday.
Rivers are rising on the north side of Hurricane Florence as the storm swirls counter-clockwise, pushing a surge of ocean water far in from the coast.
By 5 a.m., about 200 people had been rescued from flooded homes in New Bern, where the National Weather Service reported 10 feet of inundation. "This rainfall will continue to produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", the advisory said.
"If you are refusing to leave during this mandatory evacuation, you need to do things like notify your legal next of kin because the loss of life is very, very possible", Mayor Mitch Colvin said at a news conference.
SC has reported its first death from Florence. Over a million residents in North Carolina are now without power and authorities have confirmed at least five deaths.
According to Doll, many areas in North Carolina are seeing somewhere between 10 and 20 inches of rain. About 400 people have been rescued. "Don't drive across standing or moving water", the governor said, urging people to heed evacuation orders. This comes a day after 90 miles per hour winds and torrential rain came down on North Carolina, making rivers rise to record levels. A 61-year-old woman died Friday night when her auto struck a tree that fell during the storm, state emergency officials said.
A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from Wilmington police.
Florence could become a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared a year ago for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where the death toll was put at almost 3,000.
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.
Not everyone was taking Florence too seriously: About two dozen locals gathered Thursday night behind the boarded-up windows of The Barbary Coast bar as Florence blew into Wilmington.
In Washington, North Carolina, the wind-swept Pamlico River has risen beyond its banks and is flooding entire neighborhoods.
As much as 30 to 40 inches (76-102 cm) of rain could fall on coastal areas in North and SC, the National Hurricane Center said. Some area residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit. The figure for SC was 170,000. Trump plans a visit to the region next week.
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