Floodwaters rise as Hurricane Florence stalks south-eastern US

Floodwaters rise as Hurricane Florence stalks south-eastern US

At least 32 people have been killed since Florence came ashore as a hurricane on Friday, including 25 in North Carolina and six in SC.

Catastrophic floods raised the threat of landslides and dam failures across the southeastern United States on Monday, prolonging the agony caused by a killer hurricane that has left more than a dozen people dead and caused billions of dollars in damage.

"This is a monumental disaster for North Carolina", said Gov. Roy Cooper.

Many areas in South Carolina's northeastern corner are already covered in water as the state prepares for what officials say could be as much as a foot more of water flowing into the state's rivers following Florence.

While the storm is gaining speed as it exits the Carolinas, it's still dumping rain - and lots of it.

Residents of the Carolinas were starting to confront the storm's after-effects, including power outages, impassable roads, and sewage spilling into flooded areas, while the hurricane's remnants headed north.

"Not only are you going to see more impact across North Carolina. but we're also anticipating you are about to see a lot of damage going through West Virginia, all the way up to OH as the system exits out", Brock Long of the Federal Emergency Management Agency told Fox News on Sunday.

Rescue teams searched overnight for a one-year-old boy who was swept away outside Charlotte, North Carolina, after rushing water pushed his mother's vehicle off the road, the Union County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook.

The 120,000 residents of Wilmington have no means of travel inside the city, and no one can get in to them. "Yeah, I considered moving, but who is going to buy a house that floods?" he said. Parts of I-95 were also closed in SC, along with a number of highways in the eastern portion of the state.

A tornado watch was issued for parts of North and SC as emergency management officials also warned of the potential for dam failures and landslides.

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In Virginia, near state capital Richmond, emergency services said one man died after a building collapsed during severe weather, though it was not clear if that death was directly linked to Florence.

Many motorists driving on the just-reopened southbound I-95 lanes in SC appeared to be local, Collins said.

The N.C. Highway Patrol has stressed that people trying to return home should not drive around police barriers, said Cooper. "Flood waters are rising as rivers crest and they will for days".

When evacuating flooded areas, don't rely on Global Positioning System to get you around high waters.

"We're just kind of in a period of waiting to see like, how bad is it going to get", said Wes Hazelgrove, who said he spent days preparing for the storm.

On Monday morning, Tropical Depression Florence was centered about 125 miles west southwest of Roanoke, Virginia, the National Weather Service said.

A cross is seen in flood water at a cemetary in Grifton, North Carolina on September 16, 2018. The mid-Atlantic states and southern New England are expected to receive more than 6 inches of rain, according to the NWS.

At the White House, President Donald Trump said nearly 20,000 military personnel and federal workers were deployed to help with the aftermath.

Registered voters in North Carolina may vote by mail; vote in person from October 17 through Nov. 3; or vote on Election Day, Nov. 6.

There are communities still cut off because of severe flooding and it will take time to fix all of the roads and bridges that have been damaged.

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