Storm Florence weakens but epic rains still expected on U.S

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

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

His state has already endured record rainfall totals, with much more expected to come from the storm that forecasters said was 300 miles (480 km) wide.

Warner says a complete dam failure is not expected. So far, she says the lake hasn't overflowed its banks. "The worst is yet to come", Mayor Mitch Colvin told a news conference on Saturday.

In its initial onslaught along the coast, Florence buckled buildings, deluged entire communities and knocked out power to more than 900,000 homes and businesses.

Outlaw says officials are "urging residents to stay inside and to not travel", especially so as to not interrupt utility workers trying to restore power.

As the United States dealt with Florence, a super typhoon swirled towards Hong Kong and the Chinese coast on Sunday, gaining in strength over the South China Sea after hurtling through the Philippines, where it wreaked havoc that killed at least 25. These nine aircraft will be deployed to Myrtle Beach to begin operating in affected areas of North Carolina Sunday.

A reporter for WWAY, the CNN Wilmington affiliate, said the Wilmington firefighters were "shaken up" by what they encountered at the home of the deceased mother and child.

Long noted that "recovery is always a very frustrating process for people when they've lost their livelihoods, but we're going to be OK".

So are many volunteers, including Tray Tillman, 26, a construction foreman who was part of a makeshift rescue flotilla that has plucked hundreds of stranded people from attics, second-floor bedrooms, church vestibules and crumbling decks.

Two others died in the state from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a generator inside their home, according to a local coroner.

For more information on Hurricane Florence, head to the FOX 46 Resource Center.

Trogdon said flash flooding will last for several days and river and marine flooding could last up to a week.

The storm's center is crawling over SC, but many of its main rain bands still are over already-saturated North Carolina - setting up what may be days of flooding for some communities.

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

Florence is expected to sit over the area through the early part of next week before moving into the northeast. Both states also are at a risk of risky flash floods and river flooding.

Sustained winds were down to 35 miles per hour with the storm starting to speed up a little and move to the west at 8 miles per hour.

"These rainfall amounts will produce catastrophic flash flooding, prolonged significant river flooding and an elevated risk for landslides in western North Carolina and far southwest Virginia", the hurricane center warned. 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.

By Sunday afternoon, the river had reached almost 24 feet.

A spokesman for the South Carolina Highway Patrol warned on Saturday that conditions remained treacherous on roads.

The North Carolina attorney general's office has received more than 500 complaints of price gouging - including for hotel rooms, gas and water.

After blowing ashore as a hurricane with 90 miles per hour (145 kph) winds, Florence virtually parked itself much of the weekend atop the Carolinas as it pulled warm water from the ocean and hurled it onshore.

According to the Associated Press, the city of Wilmington, NC, has been completely cut off by floodwaters and officials are asking for additional help from state law enforcement and the National Guard.

At least 10 people have died due to the hurricane-turned-tropical storm.

Cumberland County, North Carolina, ordered a mandatory evacuation of homes along the Cape Fear River Saturday over flooding concerns.

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