North Carolina Has History With Deadly, Slow-Moving Storms

People braved the rain to put sandbags in Lumberton North Carolina.               CBS News

People braved the rain to put sandbags in Lumberton North Carolina. CBS News

"We lost all of our cars last night", Heath told her viewers, "because the water was above the headlights, even on our SUVs".

Although the storm is passing north of Myrtle Beach, the concern now is that river water from North Carolina will flow into the area and combine with all the water that is already there.

More than 415,000 homes and businesses were without power, mostly in North Carolina, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the nation's electrical grid.

Trump previously declared states of emergency in North and SC, and Virginia. With half of the storm still out over the Atlantic, Florence continued to collect warm ocean water and dump it on land.

Florence "will continue to track slowly inland through the Carolinas this weekend", the National Weather Service said in its 8:00 a.m. update Saturday.

Power outages affecting more than 900,000 in Carolinas. Some other parts of SC could see rainfall totals of up to 15 inches, forecasters said.

A North Carolina city says about 70 people have been rescued from a hotel whose structural integrity is being threatened by Hurricane Florence. Floyd was a Category 2 hurricane moving at 17 miles per hour.

North Carolina must withstand more torrential rains, gusty winds, and river flooding from Tropical Storm Florence next week, but emergency leaders are already working on the recovery. The child's father was taken to a hospital.

Tornadoes remain a threat, with the NHC saying that "a few tornadoes are possible in southeastern North Carolina and northeastern SC". When they got to the home, the woman was dead.

"Rivers are rising to risky levels, and the relentless rains will continue through the weekend", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned on Friday. One was electrocuted while hooking up a generator and the other while checking on his dogs outside, emergency officials said. North Carolina corrections officials said more than 3,000 people were relocated from adult prisons and juvenile centers in the path of Florence, and more than 300 county prisoners were transferred to state facilities.

Hurricane Floyd made landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina, which is two hours south of where Florence made its initial impact.

Others who chose to stay at home perhaps regretted their decision.

"Amazing. They did awesome", said Knox, who was stranded with seven others, including a boy who was carried out in a life vest. Fast moving waters proved otherwise.

Resident Peggy Perry told CNN she and three relatives were trapped inside her home. The winds howled, and the family escaped to an upper floor bedroom.

"It's the worst feeling in the world to hear people yelling for help, and you can't do anything", she said. As the storm approached, Fisher said, extended family chose to stay back so no one would be left behind.

Another crew, the Maryland Swift Water Rescue team, assisted with between 35 and 40 rescues from rising waters since arriving in downtown New Bern at 4 p.m. Thursday, according to member Mitchell Rusland.

A statue reaches above Florence's floodwaters in North Carolina.

Extreme rain submerged entire communities and swelled numerous rivers.

The storm dropped 10 to 18 inches of rain along the North Carolina coast.

It's about the water, not the wind, with Florence making an extended stay along the North Carolina coast.

Volunteers and city workers filled sandbags this morning.

"This rainfall will produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged, significant river flooding", the hurricane center said. "And then we will shift into putting our communities back together".

Florence is one of four named storms in the Atlantic.

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

Charley English of the American Red Cross said anyone wondering how to help from afar can donate blood, registering first at their local Red Cross websites.

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