Carolinas' crisis escalates as Florence shows its fiercest face

Warnings of 'Catastrophic and Historic' Flooding as Experts Say Worst of Hurricane Florence Yet to Come

Emergency crews throw supply lifeline to isolated Wilmington, N.C.

Hurricane Florence has come and gone through North and SC, but its heavy rains and storm surge have caused significant flooding in cities and towns across the region.

"This storm has never been more unsafe than it is right now", warned North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.

Six deaths have been confirmed in neighboring SC, with the latest being the driver of a pickup truck who drove into standing water in Lexington County.

"This is an epic storm that is still continuing because the rivers are still rising".

Disaster assistance teams from the Tri-State area and across the country are pitching in to help.

During Matthew, flooding never reached the house.

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.

"Please don't make yourself someone who needs to be rescued", he said. More than 900 water rescues have been reported in North Carolina alone, the governor's office said - but many more people need help. More than 14,000 people remain in scores of shelters across the state.

McMaster says officials in this area have told him local water sources in this area are almost 10 inches (25 centimeters) higher than normal.

"For many (most?) places, the worst of Florence's flooding is still on the way", meteorologist Eric Holthaus noted in a tweet on Sunday. We've already pumped out 7,000 gallons.

"We've probably got 15,000 gallons of water".

"I lost everything in the flooding", he said. "It happened so fast". The river, well into the major flood stage, is forecast to crest at 26.1 feet on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

At the news conference on Monday, he added, "We are expecting several more days of rain".

North Carolina Community Foundation: The NCCF is a humanitarian organization based in North Carolina that partners with local charities that also support the community. "The risk is growing as well in the mountains, where rains could lead to risky landslides", he said.

- Two people died in a storm-related fire in Cumberland County, North Carolina.

"We do not want evacuees to go back".

"And when that flooding gets here, it can last up to 10 to 12 days or longer, from what we are being told".

Dominion Energy reported 6,000 customers in the Richmond area were without power due to Monday's storm.

About two dozen truckloads of military MREs and bottled water were delivered overnight to Wilmington, the state's eighth-largest city, officials said.

More than 632,500 North Carolinians were still without power Sunday, with the highest concentration of outages in New Hanover and neighboring counties.

President Donald Trump has also announced plans to visit the flood-hit region this week but a date has not yet been set.

"It's coming up. We were just praying for the best", Lamb's husband, Brian, said.

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