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Avoid I-95: Drivers told to ‘go around’ North Carolina

Authorities evacuate a family from rising waters caused by Florence now a tropical storm in New Bern N.C. on Sept. 15 2018 Authorities evacuate a family from rising waters caused by Florence now a tropical storm in New Bern N.C. on Sept. 15 2018
Sandra Phillips | 18 September, 2018, 04:01

In New Bern, hundreds of people were rescued from their flood-swamped homes. It's believed he died after he was blown down while going outside to check on his dogs.

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.

Cooper said others should not follow suit.

Florence "has been most unpredictable, but what has been predictable and steady is our concern for heavy rain and flooding", South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) said, according to the Charleston Post and Courier.

Forecasters said the storm will eventually break up over the southern Appalachians and then swing to the northeast, its remnants moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England by mid-week. It was downgraded to Category 1 before coming ashore on Friday near Wilmington.

Forecasters anxious the storm's damage will be all the worse if it lingers on the coast.

Asked if he had spoken with President Donald Trump -a politically ally whom McMaster backed very early in the 2016 campaign- the governor says the president reassured him SC would get federal assistance to dig out. It will make federal money available to people in the counties of Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico and Pender.

And in Lumberton, North Carolina - a city submerged by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 - residents are bracing for potential disaster as the Lumber River seeps through a patched-up gap in the levee system.

The National Hurricane Center says excessive amounts of rain are still being dumped in North Carolina and the effect is expected to be "catastrophic".

According to the, evacuation warnings had been issued in advance for almost 1.7 million people in the region. More than 20,000 residents are already accommodated in emergency shelters.

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Florence is still exacting a toll in the Carolinas, and many of these numbers could rise. Florence's eye hit North Carolina Friday morning. It's a slow-moving storm, creeping westward at just 2 miles per hour on Saturday - not even as fast as the average person walks.

A member of the U.S. Coast Guard walks down Mill Creek Road checking houses after tropical storm Florence hit Newport North Carolina, on Saturday, September 15, 2018.

Rescuers are working hastily to save those caught in rising flood waters as thousands of people living near North Carolina's rising rivers were ordered to evacuate Saturday.

Most of the fatalities occurred in North Carolina, where officials confirmed eight victims.

According to ABC, "more than 20,000 people in six states - North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Maryland and Tennessee - took shelter in 206 Red Cross and community shelters on Thursday".

Florence's risky flooding "is only going to get worse", North Carolina's director of emergency management warned Saturday as massive amounts of rain devastate the state.

West-central Virginia into far eastern West Virginia, north of Roanoke and west of Charlottesville, will see 3 to 6 inches of rainfall, with some isolated areas seeing 8 inches.

He urged against residents attempting to return home, warning that "all roads in the state are at risk of floods". That will bring additional water to the already-soaked states as well as additional threats like possible landslides near the Appalachians and electrocution threats with downed power lines. Similarly, U.S. 501 would be the only way into Myrtle Beach.

On Monday, December hog futures contracts blew to a two-month high as storm fears surged, only to retrace slightly during the week as the storm weakened slightly.

Tropical Storm Isaac became Tropical Depression Isaac Friday morning, and it dissipated over the eastern Caribbean early Saturday morning. Its winds were down to 40 miles per hour.

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