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Florence pours on the rain amid fears of catastrophic floods

16 September 2018

The governor of North Carolina on Saturday, September 15 warned residents displaced by a killer storm against returning home because of the dangers posed by rising floodwaters.

SC authorities said law enforcement officers were guarding against looting in evacuated areas, while Wilmington set a curfew on Saturday evening in response to looting in one area.

Electricity remained out for much of the city, with power lines lying across many roads like wet strands of spaghetti. He said the gust was the strongest recorded in Wilmington since 1958.

Florence slammed into the North Carolina coast as a large hurricane Friday, dumping almost three feet (1 meter) of rain and swelling the region's rivers.

At 11am yesterday, the hurricane centre said Florence had maximum sustained winds near 75kph and continued to produce catastrophic flooding in the Carolinas.

A man sits on a park bench in a flooded park as the Cape Fear River rises above its usual height in Wilmington, N.C., on Friday. That could affect the infrastructure, bridges, residences, farms and other buildings, Dahler said.

Firefighters said the area had not been in the zone under evacuation orders.

"Please be safe and be smart and use your common sense", Cooper added.

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Five people, including a mother and her baby, have been killed by Florence, which was initially categorised as a hurricane with 120mph winds.

Meanwhile, in SC, at least one gator seemed to be cool with the outer bands of wind and rain that whipped the Myrtle Beach area. The tropical storm's maximum sustained winds are holding steady, remaining at around 50 miles per hour, with higher gusts in heavy rainbands over water, the NWS said.

In a subsequent settlement with federal regulators, Duke agreed to plead guilty to nine Clean Water Act violations and pay $102 million in fines and restitution for illegally discharging pollution from coal-ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants.

The figure included a woman and her baby killed when a tree fell on their house, while a sixth fatality occurred in SC. The father was hospitalized with injuries. Then, once the remnants of the tempest reach the higher terrain of the southern Appalachians, flash floods, mudslides and debris flows.

A few moments later, the camera panned away and two people were seen walking behind Seidel, appearing to have no problem with the wind.

A 77-year-old man was apparently knocked down by the wind and died after going out to check on his hunting dogs, Lenoir County authorities said.

The National Hurricane Center said as much as 40in (102cm) was expected on the southeastern coast of North Carolina and part of northeastern SC.

Officials in New Bern, which dates to the early 18th century, said more than 100 people were rescued from floods and the downtown area was under water by Friday afternoon.

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Drake, along with church member Leroy McGee and a third unidentified church member, had set out in a boat to check homes for anyone needing help, ABC News 4 reports.

Some local residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit early on Friday.

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

"The cost to SC, if that happens, if the storm continues the way it is going, could be in the billions", Dahler said.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door to door to pull more than 60 people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse. Another 400 people were in shelters in Virginia, where forecasts were less dire.

The president may travel to the region next week, the White House says.

Trump, who spoke with state and local officials on Friday, plans a visit to the region next week.

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