Toll in US storm increases to 13

WATCH: Weather Channel Reporter Caught Allegedly Dramatizing Hurricane Winds, Gets Slammed Online

WATCH: Weather Channel Reporter Caught Allegedly Dramatizing Hurricane Winds, Gets Slammed Online

In a separate briefing, Steve Goldstein of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said some areas have already received two feet of rain and could expect up to 20 inches more as the system moved "slowly, almost stationary" over eastern North Carolina.

Tropical Storm Florence hit the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast on Friday, triggering unsafe flooding, knocking out power in almost 900,000 homes and businesses, and causing at least eight deaths. The storm was expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said.

"The fact is this storm is deadly and we know we are days away from an ending", Gov Cooper said.

When Florence started battering eastern North Carolina, the Neuse and Trent rivers began to swell. Dozens more were rescued from a collapsed motel.

A spokesperson for the ABC affiliate said roads around the building were flooding.

Almost 814,000 homes in North Carolina and 170,000 in SC are without power.

The dead included a mother and baby killed by a falling tree in Wilmington, North Carolina.

U.S. media later said a man in Lenoir County died after heavy winds knocked him down as he tried to check on his dogs.

Rivers are swelling toward record levels, forecasters now warn, and thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate for fear that the next few days could bring the most destructive round of flooding in North Carolina history.

"It's hard to believe it's going to get that high", says Elizabeth Machado, who came to the bridge to check on the river.

"The flood danger from this storm is more immediate today than when it made landfall 24 hours ago", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said on Saturday.

The storm is still leaving a path of destruction across the two states, despite its top sustained wind speeds weakening to 72km/h.


There is really nowhere for the water to go. With Florence, it'll be the same amount of rainfall in three days.

Forecasters say the center of the eye of Florence has made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina.

In a subsequent settlement with federal regulators, Duke agreed to plead guilty to nine Clean Water Act violations and pay $102 million in fines and restitution for illegally discharging pollution from coal-ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants.

Cline said July was the wettest ever in that part of North Carolina, and the water table rose 21 inches higher than normal.

Tropical Storm Florence dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and SC as it trudged inland on Saturday, triggering risky flooding, knocking out power in almost 900,000 homes and businesses, and causing at least eight deaths.

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.

At one point, the 350-mile-wide but slow-moving storm packed winds so fierce that "CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor almost lost contact with CBS News' New York studio during the morning broadcast.

Evacuation orders have been lifted in several coastal SC counties as Florence continues to dump rain on the state. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimetres) of water, he calculated.

And there could be 10 inches (25 cm) in south-western Virginia.

More than 22,600 people in North Carolina were housed in 150 shelters statewide, including schools, churches and Wake Forest University's basketball arena.

Wind speeds are kicking up far from the coast in central SC as Hurricane Florence slowly makes its way along the coast.

Stream gauges across the region showed water levels rising steadily, with forecasts calling for rivers to crest Sunday and Monday at or near record levels: The Little River, the Cape Fear, the Lumber, the Neuse, the Waccamaw and the Pee Dee were all projected to burst their banks, possibly flooding nearby communities. "I think we're OK". "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU". Eventually, a volunteer rescue team from IN arrived with a boat and rescued them.

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