Florence forecast: 15 more inches of rain, record-setting floods inland

Florence forecast: 15 more inches of rain, record-setting floods inland

The Philippines is still haunted by the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 6,300 people in central areas of the country in 2013, most due to huge storm surges.

"This is a situation where it's not days, but possibly weeks to get the lights back on", said Howard Fowler, Duke Energy's incident commander for Florence.

Thousands of the 20,000 people staying in more than 150 shelters this weekend and others waiting it out elsewhere won't be able to return to their homes for good any time soon.

The National Weather Service said there is an "elevated risk for landslides" in North Carolina. The latest forecasts indicate that rainfall totals could reach 40 inches in southeast North Carolina and northeast SC.

In nearby Onslow County, three US Coast Guard helicopters were helping with rescue missions Saturday, officials said. Some waterways in the Carolinas have already seen water levels 20 feet above average. Forecasters predicted severe flooding for parts of southeastern North Carolina and northeastern SC starting Sunday. While the amount is unofficial, it would shatter the old record of 24 inches - set near Wilmington during Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

Cooper said Florence was expected to cover nearly all of North Carolina in several feet of water.

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Computer models mostly show the remnants of Florence tracking into western North Carolina on Sunday afternoon, before making a sharp turn to the north/northeast as the storm begins to get picked up by the jet stream over North America.

The company hasn't yet determined i whether any contamination may have flowed into the Cape Fear River.

Nationwide, there are 327 Superfund sites in areas prone to flooding or vulnerable to sea-level rise caused by climate change, according to an Associated Press analysis of flood-zone maps, census data and EPA records.

Ricky Hughes of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, wore a Clemson hat and Coastal Carolina T-shirt to Neyland Stadium but said that "we're Tennessee fans today, you can believe that 100 percent". "We're going to get through this". "We just know we're getting out of here".

That should spell some relief for the inundated areas of Onslow County, but unfortunately puts the city of Wilmington, southeast coastal communities of North Carolina and northeast areas of SC in the line of fire instead. Some areas are forecast to receive up to 15 inches more rain, and storm totals could reach over 3 feet in some areas for the week.

"A lot of people have evacuated already", Harper said.

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"If you live in south Lumberton, west Lumberton, go ahead and leave now while you can, please", Cantey told CNN on Saturday morning. The eye moved from sea to land at Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina.

"The water kept rising and kept rising", he said.

A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina. The father was hospitalized with injuries.

Local authorities reported a death in Pender County when downed trees prevented emergency units from reaching a woman with a medical condition. In Kinston, a 78-year-old man was electrocuted while trying to plug in a generator, and a 77-year-old man was found dead, apparently as a result of being knocked down by strong winds after venturing outside to check on his dogs.

The only storm-related death in South Carolina was confirmed by South Carolina Highway Patrol who said that a woman died Friday night after the vehicle she was driving struck a tree.

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