Rivers pose epic Florence flood risks — WHAT'S HAPPENING

'We just don't want people to think this is over': North Carolina's governor gives a stark warning as Hurricane Florence continues ravaging the state

Though Florence did not arrive with winds as violent as once feared, forecasters got the storm surge and rainfall correct.

"Five spots have preliminarily topped North Carolina's tropical cyclone rainfall record: Swansboro (33.90 inches), Hofmann Forest (25.87 inches), Sunny Point (27.22 inches), Nature Conservancy (26.77 inches) and Newport/Morehead City (25.20 inches)."

News reported 455 people were rescued by the operation.

Trogdon said flash flooding will last for several days and river and marine flooding could last up to a week.

This time, the biggest danger isn't flash floods.

Relief will not come quickly.

The parts of the country still in the storm's path have been saturated by summer rains and can not soak up any surplus from Florence.

Rain is expected to continue throughout the day on Sunday in Fayetteville and that will contribute to even more to the flooding of the Cape Fear River and Little River, according to the latest 5 a.m. weather forecast.

Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesVolunteers from all over North Carolina help rescue residents from their flooded homes during Hurricane Florence September 14, 2018 in New Bern, North Carolina.

North Carolina is bracing for what could be the next stage of the still-unfolding disaster: widespread, catastrophic river flooding from Florence. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU".

North Carolina Gov Roy Cooper called Florence an "uninvited brute" that could wipe out entire communities as it grinds its way across land.

Sixty-seven-year-old Sadie Marie Holt was among those rescued Friday. "Charlotte [W.Va.] hasn't had a lot of rain - less than an inch - but the worst of the rain will be tonight, five to 10 inches when all is said and done".

Utility crews worked to restore electricity even as flood waters inundated whole communities. We got thrown into mailboxes. Hughes said the vehicle's roof is what struck the tree.

In towns like New Bern that are already underwater, the river isn't expected to reach its highest level for a couple of days.




That's the new North Carolina record for most rainfall from a single tropical system.

As the United States dealt with Florence, a strong typhoon tore across the northern tip of the Philippines, killing at least three people, wrecking homes and triggering landslides before heading toward Hong Kong and southern China.

Florence was one of two major storms threatening millions of people on opposite sides of the world. And a 77-year-old man died when he was knocked over by wind, he said.

He says waiting out a storm can also deplete resources.

Most of the fatalities occurred in North Carolina, where officials confirmed eight victims.

North Carolina Emergency Management Director Michael Sprayberry said it was too early to estimate how many people in the state would be made homeless by the storm.

Tropical Storm Florence dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and SC as it trudged inland on Saturday, knocking out power and causing at least eight deaths as flood waters that have devastated many communities kept rising. On Friday afternoon, it was traveling at just 3 to 5 miles per hour, still near the coast.

Dolphins have been seen swimming close to the shoreline in high water caused by Hurricane Florence.

The coast has been battered, and the mountains appear to be next. The eye moved from sea to land at Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina.

"It's the rain that effects and can kill you more than the wind can in a hurricane".

Further inland in Duplin County and out, Pfaff said reports of road closures due to flooding were already coming in from N.C. Department of Transportation.

Hope Mills Mayor Jackie Warner said Sunday morning that the warning went out to neighborhoods around Hope Mills Lake because the water there is expected to rise significantly. "It's like are you gonna stay here or are we going to go ahead and leave?"

Charlotte and Asheville in North Carolina, and Roanoke, Virginia, could also be in for heavy rains as Florence plods inland.

Information from The Associated Press was included in this story.

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