Wilmington cut off by extreme flooding as floodwaters rise in North Carolina

Hurricane Florence

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Levees are straining against the sheer amount of water. A curfew will be in place from 8 p.m.to 6 a.m., and access to the nearest big city on the mainland - Wilmington - is still greatly hampered. Officials plan to airlift food and water to the coastal city but are eyeing inland flooding. Wilmington officials say the journey from Fort Brag took them many hours to complete, noting that they needed a police escort.

WRAL-TV reported that state emergency management officials are monitoring inland creeks and rivers as they pose a threat to some 167 high-risk dams in the state. Water seeped into neighborhoods, but it gave people enough time to evacuate.

Although Hurricane Florence's immediate impact on the Carolinas wasn't as bad as some people expected, the rains that have been falling on the East coast for the last few days have brought flooding that seems decidedly Biblical.

On Tuesday morning, more than 320,000 homes remained without power across North Carolina. Those figures do not include losses from continuing flooding.

"The storm has never been more unsafe than it is right now", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said at a news conference yesterday. Further rescues are ongoing. Twenty-five of those deaths were in North Carolina. The state's attorney general, Josh Stein, said the reports related primarily to price hikes of essentials like water and gas, as well as price hikes for hotel rooms being sought by evacuees. Click through to see Florence's devastation from above.

Tropical Storm Florence

The slow-moving storm, has dumped up to 91cm of rain on the state since Thursday, displacing thousands.

He said that roughly 10,000 people who remain in shelters and "countless more" staying elsewhere.

The storm has claimed lives in three states, including 25 in North Carolina, according to a count by the Associated Press.

Another man's body was found in floodwaters next to his auto in Union county, WSOC reported.

As of Monday afternoon, there have been 62 people, two dogs and two cats rescued throughout the county. Six people died in SC, including four in vehicle accidents and two from carbon monoxide from a portable generator.

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Tracie Byrd, a Myrtle Beach resident, recorded the video as the rain poured and wind blew from Hurricane Florence.

Dams and levees throughout North Carolina are in danger of failing.

Residents (from left) Mike Haddock, 48, Katlyn Humphrey, 19, Michelle Haddock, 45, and Justin Humphrey, 24, remove possessions from the Haddock's flooded home using a jon boat in Trenton, North Carolina.

"We know that we are going to have a significant flooding event in eastern North Carolina". The mid-Atlantic states and southern New England are expected to receive more than 6 inches of rain, according to the NWS. One person was killed in Virginia by an apparent tornado whipped up by Florence, and six were killed in SC.

Crews have conducted about 700 rescues in New Hanover County, where Wilmington is located.

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More than 347,000 customers, mostly in the Carolinas, were without power on Tuesday morning, according to power companies, down from a peak of almost 1 million outages.

The company also said about 30 farms near Lumberton - housing about 211,000 chickens - are cut off by floodwaters.

At least 23 people have been killed as a result of the storm, which made landfall on Friday as a Category-1 hurricane.

Sunday, it seemed, was when the storm system that had stalked the South for days - first as a hurricane, then as a tropical storm and eventually as a tropical depression - showed its full power with staggering scope.

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