7 killed as hurricane Florence pummels Carolinas

Florence death toll up at 8 including 3 killed by flooding

150 people trapped by Florence floodwaters in New Bern, NC

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper described the hurricane as likely to "continue its violent grind for days" and described the severity of the downfalls as a "1,000 year event". On the coast of the river break their banks and torrents of water flooded farms and farmland, our homes and cities.

The NWS says southern and central portions of North Carolina into far northeast SC are expected to report an additional 10 to 15 inches of rainfall - with storm totals between 30 and 40 inches along the coastal areas south of Cape Hatteras.

As rivers swelled toward record levels, state regulators and environmental groups were monitoring the threat from huge hog and poultry farms located in low-lying, flood-prone areas.

The storm was once a powerful Category 4 storm but became a slow-moving Category 1 storm when it made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina, on Friday.

More than 760,000 customers in North Carolina were without power and 21,000 people were being housed in 157 shelters across the state. And officials did not say when other roads might be clear.

In a separate briefing, Steve Goldstein of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said some areas have already received two feet of rain and could expect up to 20 inches more as the system moved "slowly, almost stationary" over eastern North Carolina.

Numerous roads across eastern North Carolina were blocked by fallen trees and flooding including parts of I-95, a major north-south artery.

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A work truck drives on Hwy 24 as the wind from Hurricane Florence blows palm trees in Swansboro N.C., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018.

Across the Carolinas, officials are sounding the alarm: More communities will flood as rivers collect water from upstream and spill over.

The death toll attributed to Florence stands at 11, including 10 in North Carolina and one in SC.

"If it goes up to my front step, I have to get out", Quinton Washington said. "We don't (where we're going) yet". We got thrown into mailboxes. To the north, officials were monitoring the Tar River, and sandbagging the French Broad River to the west and the Lumber River to the southeast.

A pet dog licked Johan Mackie's face after he helped rescue Kevin Knox's family from their flooded brick home.

Charlotte and Asheville in North Carolina, and Roanoke, Virginia, could be in for heavy rains as Florence plods inland.

Wilmington was battered by high winds and rising flood water as a pier was smashed by a huge wave.

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The dead included a mother and baby killed when a tree fell on a house in Wilmington, North Carolina. The father was hospitalized with injuries.

"And we're not done yet", Graham said, adding that some hard-hit areas could get an additional 15 to 20 inches because the storm was moving so slowly. They later clarified those deaths were not related to Florence. Kenneth Campbell had donned waterproof waders intending to check out his home in Lumberton, but he didn't bother when he saw the Coast Guard and murky waters in his neighborhood.

A statue reaches above Florence's floodwaters in North Carolina. Nonetheless the water stored rising. As they waited for emergency workers, they heard neighbors screaming for relief. "We are trying our best to make sure we can contain that as much as possible".

"It's the worst feeling in the world to hear people yelling for help, and you can't do anything", she said. Sooner or later, a volunteer rescue team that had arrived in North Carolina from in came with a ship and rescued them.

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.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm as it moved further inland in the days ahead. As it moves advance OH and West Virginia, it would seriously change a remnant low.

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