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Wilmington cut off from North Carolina by Florence flooding

Wilmington cut off from North Carolina by Florence flooding

While New Bern may feel some impact as water from heavy rains to the west begin to flow back east, Stephens said most of those effects would be felt in other parts of the county.

The death toll rose to at least 16 in North and SC, where roads were treacherous and even the most stately trees were falling.

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

Two men pulling a kayak pick up a gas canister as they walk across a road flooded by Hurricane Florence in Pollocksville, North Carolina, on September 16, 2018.

"The fact is this storm is deadly and we know we are days away from an ending", Cooper said.

Florence flattened trees, buckled buildings and crumpled roads.

About 100 people in the city need to be rescued, New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw said on Saturday.

- A mother and a child were killed when a tree fell on their house in Wilmington, North Carolina. "There's too much going on", Cooper said. They say the plan could lead to additional flooding in the city. Disaster experts say it's often hard to quickly confirm hurricane-related fatalities because of the vast regions storms can affect.

"Please don't get complacent", Lazarus said.

Authorities continue to worry about more floods, breached dams and landslides, particularly as Florence makes its way across mountainous regions.

North Carolina is confronting a spiralling crisis as tropical depression Florence slowly ravages the region, flooding cities, endangering communities from the coastline to the rugged mountains, and requiring many more than 1000 rescues. It came ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

About 1.7 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders, and millions of others live in areas likely to be affected by the storm.

Water on the Cape Fear River near Chinquapin got so high that electronic instruments used to monitor flooding quit working after it became submerged, the U.S. Geological Survey said. "It's just bad - winds are still really high".

Rescuers were last night plucking residents from flooded homes as North Carolina's swollen rivers reached record or near record crests from the epic rains unleashed by Florence.

Florence's forward movement during the day slowed to a near-standstill - sometimes it was going no faster than a human can walk - and that enabled it to pile on the rain.

About 509,000 homes and businesses were without electricity on Monday in North and SC and surrounding states.

In this image from video, a resident holds a cat rescued by boat in floodwaters in Jacksonville, N.C., Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

As all of the rain in the area entered the river system, the Lumber River reached a startling high of 25 feet on Sunday - about 12 feet about flood stage.

A power outage at a wastewater treatment plant in Wilmington resulted in partially treated sewage water being released into the Cape Fear River, said Reggie Cheatham, director of the U.S. Environment Protection Agency's Office of Emergency Management.

The most rain so far from Florence was 86cm in Swansboro, North Carolina, a new record for a hurricane in the state. Harvey's total of 60.58 inches (60.5 centimeters) past year in Texas is No. 1.

Thousands of people are in shelters in North Carolina.

Disasters have been declared in eight North Carolina counties along the coast.

In New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River left 500 people in peril.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted during the height of the storm.

A Coast Guard crew from New Jersey helped a woman trapped in her home.

- A woman in SC who struck a downed tree while she was driving.

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