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Florence, a wet and unwanted visitor, besieges Carolinas

Florence, a wet and unwanted visitor, besieges Carolinas

Mandatory evacuations were ordered ahead of Florence's landfall in parts of North and SC, though many people chose to remain in their homes for reasons ranging from financial concerns and the need to care for pets that they may not have been able to take to some evacuation shelters, some who stayed in their residences told ABC News ahead of the storm. A mother and her infant were killed in Wilmington when a tree fell on their home.

SC officials faced criticism after they refused to evacuate inmates from prisons in areas of the state being affected by Hurricane Florence.

The storm was once a powerful Category 4 storm but became a slow-moving Category 1 storm when it made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina, on Friday.

Water was rising Saturday morning in a flood plain near the Waccamaw River, lapping up against homes and pooling over at least one main road.

Cooper warned against such behaviour as roads become increasingly risky.

Trogdon says road conditions are expected to get worse in the immediate future, pointing out the number of closed primary roads in eastern counties had doubled compared to Friday.

There will be a press conference with the FEMA administrator in charge of response to Hurricane Florence and the rains and flooding that have accompanied the storm. More than 2.4 million people were evacuated from China's southern Guangdong province ahead of the massive typhoon, the strongest to hit the region in almost two decades.

"This system is unloading an epic amount of rainfall: in some places, measured in feet, not inches". Warnings were issued about the risk of life-threatening flash flooding in parts of North and SC as well as in Virginia.

Florence flattened trees, damaged buildings and crumpled roads. Hurricane Matthew sent more than 5 feet (1.5 metres) of water into their home in 2016, and the couple feared Florence would run them out again.

Coast Guard helicopters were taking off across the street to rescue stranded people from rooftops and swamped cars. "We still have about 100 that want to be rescued and we have about 1,200 in the shelters", Mayor Dana Outlaw told CNN. "We can pump 42,000 gallons (159,000 litres) a minute once we have water receded enough".

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"Some of our beloved bears have wandered away", city officials tweeted next to a picture of the statue.

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said radar and rain gauges indicated some areas got as much as 2½ feet of rain, which he called "absolutely staggering".

In South Carolina's Union County, a 61-year-old woman was killed Friday night when the auto she was driving struck a downed tree, state emergency management spokesman Antonio Diggs said.

At least 13 people in North Carolina and five in SC died in storm-related incidents.

Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order lifting evacuation orders for Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester and the Edisto Beach area of Colleton County effective at noon Saturday.

Holt, who has diabetes and clogged arteries, said she stayed for doctor's appointments that were canceled at the last minute.

Two men in their 70s were killed in Lenoir County.

Some areas in SC also can gaze rainfall totals of as much as fifteen inches, forecasters acknowledged.• Rising rivers: Rivers in North Carolina are anticipated to crest bigger than throughout 2016's Typhoon Matthew in some areas, emergency officers acknowledged.

"It's worrying to watch the water slowly rising", said Denise Harper, a resident of Grifton, another small North Carolina town threatened by rising water in a nearby creek and the Neuse River.

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