Hundreds stranded after Hurricane Florence, worse is yet to come, say officials


At least 17 people in North and SC have been reported killed by Tropical Depression Florence, which has broken all of North Carolina's rainfall records.

Officials expect as much as a foot (30 centimeters) more as river basins absorb more water flowing into the state from North Carolina following Florence's torrential rains. More than two feet of rain has fallen in some areas, and many rivers haven't yet reached their crest on Monday, as they struggle to deal with four days of heavy rain from the large Category 1 hurricane.

The storm has set rainfall records in several locations in North Carolina, including Swansboro, with a whopping 34 inches, Hoffman Forest with 29.48 inches and Sunny Point with 27.44 inches. He urged residents who were evacuated from the hardest-hit areas to stay away because of closed roads and catastrophic flooding that submerged entire communities.

Kaiden's mom, who has not been named publicly, was driving along North Carolina Highway 218 on Sunday when they encountered a barricade across the roadway, the office said.

"Additionally, GPS navigation companies are not keeping up with all the road closures and are directing people onto roads that are confirmed closed and flooded".

"Rescued six dogs in Leland, NC, after the owner LEFT THEM locked in an outdoor cage that filled with flood water that was rapidly rising", freelance Journalist Marcus DiPaola tweeted on Sunday.

County commission chairman Woody White said officials were planning for food and water to be flown into the coastal city, located on a peninsula with the rising Cape Fear River to the west and more water to the east.

At Mother Earth Brewing, educators Tori and Wes Hazelgrove told Brakkton that they're exhausted of this storm. First responders have rescued 2,600 people and 300 animals, Gov. Roy Cooper said at a news conference.

"Flooding is still going to be a concern into the weekend and into next week", weather service meteorologist Hal Austin said, noting there is a chance of rain for the region on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"You're probably going to see seven to 10 days at a flat, constant stage, and then it will slowly drain", Ferguson said. About 14,000 people are in shelters, officials said.

A cat clings to the side of a trailer in the flood waters before it was saved as the Northeast Cape Fear River overflowed its banks in the aftermath Hurricane Florence in Burgaw, N.C., September 17, 2018.

The power and danger of slow-moving flood water isn't as easy to visually grasp as, say, a news reporter braving vicious winds to demonstrate the effect. President Donald Trump also plans to visit the state this week.

Waggoner reported from Raleigh, North Carolina.

Video uploaded by the U.S. Coast Guard showed aerial views of severe flooding in New Bern in North Carolina.

"Seventeen deaths have been confirmed in North Carolina and six in SC as a result of Florence", ABC11 reported, noting that the North Carolina Department of Public Safety released a breakdown of deaths per county.