Wilmington cut off from North Carolina by Florence flooding

A statue of Jesus is seen partially submerged underwater

Florence hovers over coastal states, raising fears of epic flooding

The Swansboro total of 86.08 centimetres is the most for any tropical storm or hurricane north of Florida along the East Coast and represents a new two-day and three-day rainfall record for North Carolina.

The Little River, the Cape Fear, the Lumber, the Neuse, the Waccamaw and the Pee Dee are all projected to crest Sunday and Monday and burst their banks, possibly flooding nearby communities.

Around 50 stranded people were airlifted by helicopter in North Carolina, said Petty Officer Michael Himes of the U.S. Coast Guard.

-63-year-old Mark Carter King and 61-year-old Debra Collins Rion of Loris, South Carolina, died of carbon monoxide poisoning from running a generator indoors, authorities said.

"Every major route, and those around them, to the coast is flooded", tweeted the North Carolina Department of Transportation about conditions in eastern North Carolina. As some of these areas have seen much above-normal rain since the spring and waterways are full, river flooding is a significant concern.

A baby boy is among 17 people killed as rain and flooding from storm Florence continues to cause chaos in the US.

Several victims died on flooded roads.

"We still have no water and power, so I'm happy to help if I can, there's nothing else to do", he said.

Cutting off the coastal city of Wilmington, damaging tens of thousands of homes and filling river to bursting point, the storm has wreaked extensive damage on both North and SC despite rapid weakening.

Rain continues to inundate the region causing concern for large scale flooding after Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina and SC area.

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A NOAA satellite image shows Tropical Depression Florence moving west across the United States on Sunday.

As of Saturday, about 676,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in SC. Six people died in SC, including four in auto accidents and two from carbon monoxide from a portable generator.

"As the storm begins to finally recede, they will kick into an even higher gear".

President Donald Trump said emergency workers and law enforcement officials were "working really hard".

At least 10 people have died so far in the storm in North Carolina, including a mother and child killed by a falling tree, state officials said. More than 360 people have been carried to safety since Thursday night amid rising waters from a river swelled by both rain and salty storm surge.

Flood waters from Hurricane Florence surround a house and flow along the street on September 16, 2018 in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

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

"I think it's fair to say in terms of economic impact, rebuilding, that we are talking in the billions of dollars", Tillis said on "Fox News Sunday". Residents across North Carolina are still struggling to rebuild after devastating flooding during Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

"It's the first time we've ever had to move anything like this", Rose said.

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