Hurricane Florence: Death toll mounts to 14

People wait for the Piggly Wiggly grocery store to open after Hurricane Florence hit Richlands N.C.,Sunday Sept. 16 2018.					Tom Copeland  AP

People wait for the Piggly Wiggly grocery store to open after Hurricane Florence hit Richlands N.C.,Sunday Sept. 16 2018. Tom Copeland AP

And the remnants of Florence, now a tropical depression, will likely dump another 2 to 5 inches of rain Monday on central and southeastern North Carolina, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.

Slowly, parts of North Carolina are starting to emerge from under the cloak of Florence.

Lumberton was still recovering from Hurricane Matthew when Florence swept through. The storm should move up into West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York and parts of New England by Tuesday, dropping 2 to 4 inches of rain there. Click through to see how the risky storm left the Carolinas. His state has already endured record rainfall, with much more forecast to come.

"In a matter of seconds, my house was flooded up to the waist, and now it is to the chest", she said. More than 450 people had to be rescued from swirling flood water over the weekend.

Swelling rivers and creeks threatened dams and bridges.

Utility crews worked to restore electricity.

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About 756,000 homes and businesses were without power yesterday in North and SC and surrounding states, down from a peak of almost one million.

A cross is seen in flood water at a cemetary in Grifton, North Carolina on September 16, 2018.

Florence weakened to a tropical depression early Sunday after blowing ashore as a hurricane with 90 miles per hour (145 kph) winds on Friday, Florence was still spinning slowly atop the Carolinas as it pulled warm water from the ocean and hurled it onshore.

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.

As Hurricane Florence made landfall in the Carolinas Friday- killing at least 17- hundreds more remain trapped inside their homes and authorities said Sunday that the worst is yet to come.

"If you are refusing to leave during this mandatory evacuation, you need to do things like notify your legal next of kin because the loss of life is very, very possible", Mayor Mitch Colvin said at a news conference.

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Henry McMaster has not yet lifted the evacuation order he put in place Tuesday, and it is not clear when the order will be lifted. In Hampstead, North Carolina, emergency responders going to a call for cardiac arrest found their path blocked by downed trees.


The storm's death toll has reached at least 14, and officials expect that number to grow.

Others killed included three who perished "due to flash flooding and swift water on roadways", according to the Duplin County Sheriff's Office, and a 61-year-old woman who died when her vehicle hit a downed tree. "When you see stuff hit stuff, that creates more pressure", Simms said.

Flood waters have cut off the coastal city of Wilmington from the rest of North Carolina. The strongest storm bands are dumping two to three inches of rain per hour.

Weather forecasters have repeatedly warned of flash flooding in the Carolinas, although Florence has been downgraded into a tropical depression. A curfew is in place, with residents instructed to stay off the streets between 8PM and 6AM to mitigate looting. She said there were "tractor trailer loads" of goods and services headed for the city.

So far 23 deaths have been confirmed, six in SC and 17 in North Carolina. As her son fed the goats in a hotel parking lot, she said she might not be able to return home until the middle of next week.

Other storms were not so considerate and in this area they know there is always the chance of having to accommodate a much more hard visitor. "So yeah, not safe", Ochoa said.

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U.S. President Donald Trump issued a disaster declaration for North Carolina, freeing up federal resources to boost recovery efforts, the White House confirmed Saturday. Trump plans a visit to the region next week.

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