Hurricane Florence: Death toll mounts to 14

People wait for the Piggly Wiggly grocery store to open after Hurricane Florence hit Richlands N.C.,Sunday Sept. 16 2018.					Tom Copeland  AP

People wait for the Piggly Wiggly grocery store to open after Hurricane Florence hit Richlands N.C.,Sunday Sept. 16 2018. Tom Copeland AP

North Carolina is confronting a spiralling crisis as tropical depression Florence slowly ravages the region, flooding cities, endangering communities from the coastline to the rugged mountains, and requiring many more than 1000 rescues.

At least 17 people have been killed by the storm.

Authorities ordered the immediate evacuation of up to 7,500 people living within a mile of a stretch of the Cape Fear River and the Little River, about 100 miles from the North Carolina coast.

Flood waters in Wilmington, home to 120,000 people, are still rising.

It crawled across North and SC (for much of the weekend the storm moved about as fast as you can walk) over the weekend, dumping rain and causing flooding across the states.

Florence was still massive, despite being downgraded to a tropical depression.

FEMA crews and power company trucks were turned away Saturday night because of the flooding, Saffo said.

Florence was a tropical depression on Monday with maximum sustained winds of 30 miles per hour (45 kph) as it headed through Virginia and toward New England. Dozens more were pulled from a collapsed motel.

Florence flattened trees, buckled buildings and crumpled roads.

More than half a million homes and businesses in the Carolinas were still without power Monday morning.

Kershaw County Coroner David West said the driver's name has not been released because all relatives have not yet been notified.

The storm surge had decreased to about 8 feet later Friday morning, Roberts said, but that was mostly attributed to changes in the Neuse River's tide.

Yet one family riding out the storm on the outskirts of Lumberton said they're not budging.

Hurricane Florence is continuing to make itself felt throughout the country with rain from the storm spreading from the Appalachians to the Northeast and the Ohio Valley, according to The Weather Channel. "It's just bad - winds are still really high".

The highest totals so far were measured in from Swansboro, which saw more than 33 inches of rain, its highest total since Hurricane Floyd in 1999, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

The storm had picked up some pace and was moving at 16kmh, up from 10kmh.

Trump previously declared states of emergency in North and SC, and Virginia to the north. I mean, we're all concerned about rain and that it will continue to come, but we are a "sunny day" flood area in Wilmington.

Authorities warned, too, of the threat of mudslides and the risk of an environmental disaster from floodwaters washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.

Preparing for the worst, about 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians were deployed with high-water vehicles, helicopters, and boats.

The city of Wilmington, North Carolina has been completely cut off from the rest of the state by flooding. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimeters) of water, he calculated.

-A husband and wife died in a Fayetteville, North Carolina, house fire on Friday. "The soil is soaked and can't absorb any more rain so that water has to go somewhere, unfortunately".

The mayor of New Bern, a city badly affected by flooding, told NBC he had imposed a curfew.

"We were well stocked, and my husband actually owns a roofing company, so he's been running around trying to help people get their roofs in shape and making sure all his jobs are secure". "Don't go back until this storm passes and you get the official all clear", he said.

"Three times in four years is very hard", said Randy Webster, director of the Horry County Office of Emergency Management.

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