Death toll rises to 13 as Hurricane Florence continues to wreak havoc

Chuck Liddy  The News & Observer via APRescue workers police and fire department members wait to remove the bodies of a mother and child who were killed by a falling tree as Hurricane Florence made landfall in Wilmington N.C. Friday Sept. 14 2018. The

O'Brien, Gastonia, said his town has not experienced much destruction besides a a few trees down, but the worry is still prevalent.

"This is a hurricane event followed by a flood event", said South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster. "Honestly, it's a weird storm, it's coming in slow". Primary roads in areas around Wilmington, New Bern and other cities have been closed because of high water. "You learn not to go outside, don't go in floodwaters and weather the storm". For most people in inland areas, he added it really is "just a bunch of rain".

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

The dead included a mother and baby killed by a falling tree in Wilmington, North Carolina. Well, we're about to get punched in the face. Their home still has power, he said, so for now it'll do.

A 3-month-old in Dallas, NC, was killed when a tree fell on a mobile home, WBTV reports.

Florence continues to move slowly, causing catastrophic flooding across North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia, according to the National Weather Service.

Kim Adams makes her way to her home that is surrounded by flood waters after Hurricane Florence passed through the area on September 15, 2018 in Southport, North Carolina.

According to the report, "The depression is moving toward the west near 8 miles per hour (13 km/h)".

While the storm didn't make as violent an appearance as first expected, it was still very risky, officials said. The storm was moving at 10 miles per hour (16 kph), with its centre expected to cross the western Carolinas during Sunday and the Ohio Valley and Northeast United States on Monday and Tuesday.

- A man who drowned in an overturned vehicle on a flooded road in Georgetown County, South Carolina.

The Horry County Coroner's Office in SC confirmed that Debra Collins Rion, 61, and Mark Carter King, 63, died Friday night from carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator, the Mrytle Beach Sun News reported.

It has trapped people in flooded homes, with citizen swift-water rescue teams from out of state joining local emergency professionals to try to bring them to safety. "There have been hundreds of rescues".

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In South Carolina there are more than 66,000 power outages because of Florence. Police Chief Ralph Evangelous urged residents to stay home. As of 8:30 p.m. that number had shrunk to less than 700,000.

Taylor said the storm already dumped 30 inches of rain on some parts of the N.C.

But after almost three days of punishing rains and winds, people in this coastal city were desperate for food, water and gasoline.

Five people were arrested Saturday in Wilmington, NC, after a looting incident at a Family Dollar store, WECT reported. But the program is still roughly $20.5 billion in the red, according to FEMA.

Mason Fowler, 41, was among them.

"We're joining more than 80 line workers from co-ops across the state who are heading to North Carolina to assist". In Fayetteville, a North Carolina city of about 210,000 people some 90 miles (145 km) from the ocean, authorities told thousands of residents near the Cape Fear River and Little River to get out of their homes by Sunday afternoon because of the flood risk. The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Brock Long, said officials were focused on finding people and rescuing them.

More than 500 people were rescued from high waters around New Bern and Jacksonville, NC, according to the Associated Press.

Until earlier Saturday, officials had only encouraged residents to evacuate.

She lives in Ridgeland 30 miles from the coast of SC.

But Caulder, who had stayed at the shelter with 12 relatives, said she was still anxious about flooding.

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.

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