Death toll rises to 31 as Hurricane Florence continues to RAVAGE US

  • Death toll rises to 31 as Hurricane Florence continues to RAVAGE US

Death toll rises to 31 as Hurricane Florence continues to RAVAGE US

Officials are warning that the worst of the storm may still be yet to come, as catastrophic flooding inundates the Carolinas coast.

Florence is now a tropical depression and on its way north through Virginia, Pennsylvania, New England and Nova Scotia. Radar showed parts of the sprawling storm over six states, with North and SC in the bull's-eye.

Forecasters say the worst flooding is yet to come. River forecasts showed the scene could be repeated in towns as far as 250 miles inland amid rising waters in the coming days.

As the Carolinas begin to recover from Hurricane Florence and brace for the inevitable flooding its biblical downpours caused, the extent of the damage is only just starting to become plain.

Flood Watches extend from Virginia to MA.

With Wilmington cut off from the rest of North Carolina by still-rising floodwaters from Florence, officials plan to airlift food and water to the city of almost 120,000 people as rescuers elsewhere pull inland residents from homes threatened by swollen rivers.

At least 17 deaths were reported in North and SC.

The mother had driven around barricades on a stretch of road that had been closed, the post said.

Preliminary statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed Florence had the fourth-highest rainfall total of any hurricane to hit the USA mainland since 1950, with 35.94 inches (91.2 centimetres) at Elizabethtown, North Carolina.

As this storm continues to churn through North Carolina, it has dumped almost two feet or more of rain in many places.

"We're going to need significant resources to recover", Cooper, the North Carolina governor, said.

"We can't wait to go back home and live a normal life again, hopefully on Wednesday".

In many areas, the brief period of sun was wiped out by more rain but some evacuated residents were able to return to their homes to assess damage.

The number of customers without power across North Carolina fell to just under 500,000, with about 20,000 in SC.

"'We got them out, but by the time we left, the water was so high that they would have drowned". "I can't thank the first responders enough".

Many rescues took place on swift boats in Wilmington, a coastal city of about 117,000 people on a peninsula between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean.

Two tornadoes were confirmed in central North Carolina in Wayne and Wilson counties Monday morning. About 708,000 customers were still without power in the Carolinas and Virginia, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

At least two people died from electrocution while attempting to connect their generators, while one couple died of monoxide poisoning from running their generator indoors.