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Florence 'unloading epic amounts of rainfall' in North Carolina

16 September 2018

The Navy says nearly 30 Virginia-based ships and 128 aircraft sent away from their bases in the Hampton Roads-area because of now-Tropical Storm Florence have been given the go-ahead to return.

A woman and her baby were among the first casualties when a tree fell on their house, contributing to a death toll that United States media said had reached 13 - 10 in North Carolina and three in SC, according to CNN.

Though weakened, Florence remains a very large, slow and risky storm as it swirls over the Carolinas.

The death toll from the hurricane-turned-tropical storm climbed to at least five. In the Atlantic Ocean, the Azores could get gusty winds and heavy rains from Tropical Storm Helene this weekend, while Isaac regained tropical storm strength after earlier weakening in the Caribbean Sea. As of Saturday afternoon, about 752,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in SC.

A spokesperson for the ABC affiliate said roads around the building were flooding. Then, once the remnants of the tempest reach the higher terrain of the southern Appalachians, flash floods, mudslides and debris flows.

The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of up to 21 miles per hour on September 14 morning in Columbia. Bermuda and parts of the east coast will also be experiencing "life-threatening surf and rip currents". Meteorologist Ryan Maue of estimates Florence could dump about 18 trillion gallons (68 trillion liters) of rain.

But it was clear that this was really about the water, not the wind. "If those shelters fill up, we will establish more shelters", Cooper said.

"It typically takes 30 days from the date an NFIP policy is purchased for it to go into effect", FEMA says on it's website.

SC authorities said law enforcement officers were guarding against looting in evacuated areas.

"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.

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A major response is making its way through heavy rains and floodwaters to help people trapped or displaced by Florence's onslaught.

The number of service members deployed include 7,500 from the US Coast Guard and 6,500 from the National Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said.

Sixty-seven-year-old Sadie Marie Holt was among those rescued Friday.

Holt, who has diabetes and clogged arteries, said she stayed for doctor's appointments that were canceled at the last minute.

Weinmann pulled 10 people out of flooded neighborhoods and delivered them to a shelter.

Strong winds have got nothing on this tough guy. We got thrown into mailboxes.

CNN also reported a man and a woman died in South Carolina's Horry County due to carbon monoxide poisoning.

That's how hard the wind gusted in North Carolina's New River Inlet.

At least 4 people killed, including mother and baby.

Two people died in Lenoir County. And a 77-year-old man died when he was knocked over by wind, he said.

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In South Carolina, a 62-year-old woman died when her vehicle hit a tree that had fallen across a road in the town of Union. He said the cause was not drowning and did not provide further details.

In Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack. "Be extremely careful and stay alert".

Hurricane Florence is tearing through the Carolinas with disastrous flooding and record-setting rainfall.

"I can not overstate it: Floodwaters are rising, and if you aren't watching for them, you are risking your life", Governor Roy Cooper said. It continues to chug west, slowing down from 5 miles per hour to 2 miles per hour. With rivers swelling toward record levels, thousands of people were ordered to evacuate for fear the next few days could bring the most destructive round of flooding in North Carolina history.

The coast has been battered, and the mountains appear to be next.

Three medical centers have been set up in North Carolina.

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

"You evacuate from water", Cline said. "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".

The story, which is no longer the top story on the site, falsely states the Myrtle Beach authorities announced they were done responding to emergency calls until conditions improved.

Areas further inland through southwest Virginia could see as much as 15 inches of rainfall.

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Florence 'unloading epic amounts of rainfall' in North Carolina