Rivers pose epic Florence flood risks — WHAT'S HAPPENING

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There are no coastal watches and warnings in effect, although flash flood warnings are in effect across a large portion of southern and western North Carolina and parts of northeast SC and southwest Virginia.

President Donald Trump issued a disaster declaration for North Carolina, the White House said Saturday.

A 16-mile stretch of the highway closed Saturday because of flooding. In South Carolina, some 36,000 customers are without power, officials said.

"We're just trying to plan for the future here, not having a house for an extended period of time", David Garrigus said.

Resident Joseph Eudi looks at flood debris and storm damage from Hurricane Florence at a home on East Front Street in New Bern on Saturday.

At 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT), the National Hurricane Center said Florence had maximum sustained winds near 45 miles per hour.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.

Despite its weakening Sunday from a tropical storm, its relentless rain drenched already saturated areas as authorities warned the danger is far from over. Radar is estimating that some areas between Wilmington and New Bern, North Carolina, have received over 30 inches of rain. The storm should move up into West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York and parts of New England by Tuesday, dropping 2 to 4 inches of rain there. Some other parts of SC could see rainfall totals of up to 15 inches, forecasters said.

Interested in Hurricane Florence? It was expected to reach 24 feet by midday Sunday. Some towns in the due to strong winds accompanied by heavy rains. If the river gets higher than 26 feet, "all bets are off", city public works deputy director Corey Walters said.

Volunteers and city workers have been filling sandbags, trying to plug a low point in the city's levee system before the Lumber River crests. Dozens of electric fix trucks massed to respond to damage expected to hit central North Carolina as rainwater collected into rivers headed to the coast. Hunt said Matthew caught them by surprise with flooding in the middle of the night. The storm threatens to leave behind a trail of destruction and suffering.

Moore said her family evacuated to her mother's nearby home, where they have been safe and the electricity was still working.

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These things went viral and here are of few of them. "Or bury us, or something", he said as floodwater crept upon his porch. "We didn't know where to go", she said. "I trust in the Lord". Even by week's end the city could be experiencing minor flooding from the river. His state has already endured record rainfall, with much more forecast to come.

In New Bern, a riverfront city near the North Carolina coast that saw storm surges up to 10 feet (3 meters), authorities were rescuing stranded residents and taking stock of damages.

Victor Merlos was overjoyed to find a store open for business in Wilmington since he had about 20 relatives staying at his apartment, which still had power. And if those shelters fill up, he said, the state will open up more. SC authorities reported one death.

The National Weather Service's Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service is predicting "Major Flooding", its most severe classification, from the Pungo River in Belhaven, NC, to the Trent River in Pollocksville, NC, as of early Saturday morning. Another 30 sites in North and Carolina had at least 10 inches (25 centimeters). Authorities have launched investigations.

Two elderly men passed away as a result of the storm.

Woody White, chairman of the board of commissioners of New Hanover County, said officials were planning for food and water to be flown into the coastal city of almost 120,000 people.

- A woman in SC who struck a downed tree while she was driving.

A third person, a woman, died in Hampstead, NC, in Pender County. No details were immediately available.

Two other men were killed in Lenoir County, North Carolina - electrocuted in separate incidents, according to CNN.

Though the popular North Carolina tourist destination seems to have been spared the worst of Florence's wrath, the islands still have some of the fastest rates of sea level rise in the world, almost an inch a year. "Don't drive across standing or moving water".

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

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