Florence disaster declared in North Carolina as flooding threat grows

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A man attached to a respiratory machine sits in a shelter run by Red Cross before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Grantsboro, N.C., September 13, 2018.

The storm made landfall on Friday near Wilmington, a city of about 120,000 squeezed between North Carolina's Atlantic coastline and the Cape Fear River.

At the W. H. Weatherspoon Power Station near Lumberton, Sheehan said it had already rained more than 30 inches (75 centimeters) by Saturday evening, causing a nearby swamp to overflow into the plants cooling pond.

North Carolina Gov Roy Cooper called Florence an "uninvited brute" that could wipe out entire communities as it grinds its way across land.

It is feared that more communities could become deluged as the storm crawls west at only 3km/h. Nearly 800,000 people are reported to be without power in North Carolina and officials have warned that restoring electricity could take days or even weeks.

Utility crews worked to restore electricity.

Officials report 10 in North Carolina and three in SC. On Saturday, its streets were strewn with downed tree limbs and carpeted with leaves and other debris. Areas from Wilmington through Fayetteville to Charlotte will experience 500-year to 1,000-year flood events, he said.

Florence peaked at a terrifying Category 4 with top winds of 140 mph over warm ocean water before making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15am at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line. It said it was located about 60 miles west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and forecasters predicted a slow westward march.

Florence continues to bring rains and threaten lives on the east coast of the USA even after it was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm after making landfall.

Boats are stacked up on each other in a marina as a result from Florence in New Bern, North Carolina.

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On Monday morning, the International Space Station also captured video of Florence with winds of 115 miles an hour. The massive storm is threatening the East Coast of the U.S. with an expected landfall early Friday.

After blowing ashore as a hurricane with 90mph winds, Florence virtually parked itself much of the weekend over the Carolinas as it pulled warm water from the ocean and hurled it onshore.

The death toll from hurricane Florence that hit USA east coast, has reached 13 and a large part of North and SC states have submerged in water. Floyd produced 24 inches (61 cm) of rain in some parts of North Carolina while Florence already has dumped about 30 inches (76 cm) in areas around Swansboro. It was downgraded to Category 1 before coming ashore on Friday near Wilmington.

According to Doll, many areas in North Carolina are seeing somewhere between 10 and 20 inches of rain. Many of those were in areas where mandatory evacuations orders were in effect.

Florence was drifting westward over SC, reaching about 30 kilometres southeast of Columbia S.C., at 5 a.m. Sunday, the NHC said.

Zaytoun said he didn't leave his home because he knew he wouldn't have been able to get back to it once the flooding began.

"Our friend behind our old house, they have gators swimming in the water".

Spokeswoman Megan S. Thorpe at the state's Department of Environmental Quality said state regulators will conduct a thorough inspection of the site as soon as safely possible.

A disaster has been declared by US President Donald Trump in eight counties in North Carolina - a move that will help free up federal funding for recovery efforts. Trump planned a visit to the region next week.

At least 13 deaths, nearly three feet of rain.