Florence closes interstates in North Carolina

Flash flood fears as Florence grinds

The typhoon's peak winds were stronger than those of Hurricane Florence, which killed five people in the United States after it piled into the Carolinas knocking down trees, and gorging rivers and causing major power outages before it was downgraded to a tropical storm.

Duke Energy said heavy rains caused a slope to collapse at a coal ash landfill at a closed power station outside Wilmington late Saturday, but there was no indication contamination had drained into the nearby Cape Fear River. "We face walls of water at our coasts, along our rivers, across our farmland, in our cities and in our towns". Forecasters said the torrents could continue for days, touching off disastrous flooding.

Cooper said there have been 17 confirmed storm-related deaths in North Carolina from Florence, which made landfall on the state's Atlantic coast on Friday as a Category 1 hurricane. Across the two states there are some 30,000 people staying in emergency shelters.

Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com calculated that Florence could dump a staggering 18 trillion gallons (68 trillion litres) of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland.

More than 100 people were rescued and up to 75 more were awaiting rescue on Saturday morning, according to a town official.

"Flash flooding will be extreme and flood waters will come up quickly and seemingly out of nowhere", the governor said earlier. Warnings were issued about the risk of life-threatening flash flooding in parts of North and SC as well as in Virginia. The previous record of 24.06 inches was set during Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

Boats are stacked up on each other in a marina as a result from Florence in New Bern, North Carolina.

Florence will likely weaken as it moves inland, especially on Saturday (Sept. 15) as it moves over SC, according to National Hurricane Center predictions.

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

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The river is forecast to reach flood stage sometime after 2 a.m. Sunday.

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

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Also of concern is the sprawling Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia and Marine Corps bases at Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point in North Carolina and at Parris Island in SC.

Near Gilbert, also in Lexington County, Florence's winds pulled the entire roof off a mobile home on Wire Road, exposing the home's bare wooden beams as rain was expected to continue falling for hours.

"In general, prison systems and [South Carolina] in particular and [Lousiana] and others view prisoners as an expendable population and don't take the safety of them seriously or put a lot of stock in them", Wright said. The eye moved from sea to land at Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina.

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.

A woman and her child were killed were among those killed, when a tree fell into their house in Wilmington in North Carolina.

In Hampstead, North Carolina, emergency responders going to a call for cardiac arrest found their path blocked by downed trees. Along with other home cleanup and fix work ministries, Frazier said his group works to "basically restore somebody back to where they were as much as we can".

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