Florence storm hit North and South Carolina, USABack to list
Florence's merciless deluge has already killed 18, trapped hundreds and made parts of North and South Carolina impassable -- and authorities say the worst flooding is yet to come.
The tropical depression will keep dumping rain over parts of North Carolina for the next few days, with numerous rivers expected to crest at major flood stage.
Family braces for flooding after Florence
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Flooding already is so bad in North Carolina that the state transportation department is telling people not to travel in the state. Numerous highways, including sections of I-95 and I-40, are closed, and road flooding has virtually cut off the coastal city of Wilmington.
More than 900 water rescues have been reported in North Carolina alone, the governor's office said -- but many more people need help. The volunteer United Cajun Navy rescue group says it was helping in Leland, where about 200 people have made calls for help, after it made numerous rescues in Wilmington.
"We're just chasing the water," United Cajun Navy President Todd Terrell said Sunday.
And in Lumberton, North Carolina -- a city submerged by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 -- residents are bracing for potential disaster as the Lumber River seeps through a patched-up gap in the levee system.