Wilmington cut off from North Carolina by Florence flooding

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"Remember: Most storm deaths occur from drowning in fresh water, often in cars", Gov. Cooper said.

Florence roared ashore near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, on Friday as a Category 1 storm.

Long said more havoc lays ahead as the storm broadens its geographic scope over regions deeply saturated with water. "I'm concerned about the impact on crops and farms".

Authorities say the storm did not cause some other deaths that occurred during Florence in North Carolina: a woman who died of undetermined causes in a shelter, a woman who suffered a heart attack at home during the storm, and a couple whose apparent murder-suicide was investigated during hurricane conditions in Otway.

"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 country's Federal Emergency Management Agency said Sunday on Fox News.

As the historic rains and flooding only very slowly ease along the North Carolina coast through Sunday night, serious flooding is predicted to spread farther inland.

"Three days of relentless rain from #Florence has resulted in significant flooding in #NC #SC", said Duke Energy, a major power supplier. Tens of thousands were ordered evacuated from communities along the state's steadily rising rivers - with the Cape Fear, Little River, Lumber, Waccamaw and Pee Dee rivers all projected to burst their banks.

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Donald Trump said federal emergency workers, first responders and law enforcement officials were "working really hard" in the extreme weather.

Their goal was to get to higher ground, where rising waters left in Hurricane Florence's wake wouldn't put Bostic, her son, daughter-in-law and their children in danger. The Defense Department said about 13,500 military personnel had been assigned to help relief efforts.

As authorities rescued people by boat and even airlifted 50 stranded people in North Carolina, there were also reports of looting. The evacuation zone included part of the city of Fayetteville, population 200,000. He urged citizens to remain vigilant and heed officials warnings, adding that Florence had now turned into a "flood event".

An additional 6 to 10 inches of rain is still possible along the southeast border of North Carolina and SC.

A boring, leaden sky was hanging over the town of Grifton, North Carolina on Sunday morning. Residents across North Carolina are still struggling to rebuild after devastating flooding during Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Streams and creeks were running so high Sunday in the area around Charlotte, North Carolina's biggest city, that the National Weather Service declared a flash flood emergency.

Near the flooded-out town of New Bern, where about 455 people had to be rescued from the swirling flood waters, water completely surrounded churches, businesses and homes.

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said radar and rain gauges indicated some areas got as much as 762mm of rain, which he called "absolutely staggering".