Five dead in Carolinas as Florence brings ´epic´ floods

The shelter of a petrol station lies on the ground in Wilmington

The Cordillera deaths were confirmed by Emmanuel Salamat, of the office of civil defence, who said police had reported at least 20 dead there.

The effects of Florence won't be fading anytime soon, either, as current forecasts have upwards of 15-to-20 additional inches of rain possible for areas of North and SC will Florence's remnants will linger for the next 48 to 72 hours.

"Life-threatening storm surge will continue along portions of the North Carolina coast through today, and also along the Neuse and Pamlico Sound, where rainfall and fresh water flooding will also contribute to high water levels", the update read.

More than 360 people had to be rescued in New Bern North Carolina alone.

Three died in one inland county, Duplin, because of water on roads and flash floods, authorities said.

"That's a decision I had to make", he said.

"This storm is still deadly and unsafe and it's expected to turn northward later today into Virginia and the mid-Atlantic", he said.

Coast Guard helicopters were taking off across the street to rescue stranded people from rooftops and swamped cars. More than 26,000 hunkered down in shelters.

Officials in North Carolina's Harnett County, about 90 miles inland, urged residents of about 1,100 homes to evacuate because the Lower Little River was rising toward record levels.

The giant, 400-mile-wide hurricane unloaded heavy rain, flattened trees, chewed up roads and knocked out power to more than 600,000 homes and businesses.

Mr. Trump tweeted: "Deepest sympathies and warmth go out to the families and friends of the victims".

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North Carolina's governor Roy Cooper said: "Know that water is rising fast everywhere, even in places that don't typically flood". The storm has already dumped up to 15 inches more on the Carolinas this morning.

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"The cost to SC, if that happens, if the storm continues the way it is going, could be in the billions", Dahler said.

Evacuation orders have been lifted in several coastal SC counties as Florence continues to dump rain on the state.

As the death toll climbed to 11, Mitch Colvin, the mayor of the city of Fayetteville, told reporters: "The worst is yet to come".

Speaking during a visit to Moscow less than an hour after the hurricane made landfall in North Carolina, Perry said "we've done this many times before".

Sutton was mothballed in 2013 and the company has been excavating ash to remove to safer lined landfills.

Many vehicles were seen submerged in the rising flood waters after Hurricane Florence struck Wilmington, North Carolina, on Saturday.

The deadly Tropical Storm Florence is so ferocious, it's uprooting everything, even tightly-bolted historic statues.

United States correspondent Cordelia Lynch, who is in New Bern, said: "This community in the weeks and months to come is up against a great deal of flooding".

SC authorities said law enforcement officers were guarding against looting in evacuated areas, while Wilmington set a curfew on Saturday evening in response to looting in one area.

The tally reflected the situation at 9 am, said Tolentino, the main disaster response coordinator and an adviser to President Rodrigo Duterte, adding that reports from other areas of northern Luzon, hit by the typhoon on Saturday, were still flowing in.

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