Of the 20 deaths linked to Florence, 15 happened in North Carolina, and five were in SC. But while flash flooding is immediate and fast-moving, river flooding can be a slow-motion disaster, drawn out over several days.
Rescue teams searched overnight for a one-year-old boy who was swept away outside Charlotte, North Carolina, after rushing water pushed his mother's vehicle off the road, the Union County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook. Southbound travelers from Virginia should detour to the western part of North Carolina, then go south and east to link up with I-95 South again, officials said. "And that's where you start to see deaths escalate", he told CBS News.
One group of good Samaritans traveled from Tennessee to help the storm-beleaguered city get back on its feet - small business owners who say they are just doing what God wants them to do.
In another heartbreaking account, 3-month-old Kade Gill was killed Sunday afternoon when a tree fell onto his family's mobile home in Gaston County, North Carolina. NCDOT has put up barriers on southbound I-95 at USA 64 in Rocky Mount to enforce the detour there; local traffic headed to Wilson or Johnston County must take 64 one way or another and find alternative routes to their destinations.
A wall of concrete barriers and plastic sheets is being built along U.S. Highway 501 to save the main road into Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, from going underwater.
About 500,000 homes and businesses were in the dark on Monday in North and SC and surrounding states.
The river is expected to crest around 25.7 feet.
Flooding has trapped hundreds.
In the town of Trenton, North Carolina, the Trent River surpassed its flooding record of 28.42 feet, also set during Hurricane Floyd.
- Two people died from carbon monoxide poisoning in Horry County, South Carolina.
- A woman went into cardiac arrest in Hampstead, in North Carolina's Pender County. No details were immediately available.
In Virginia, near state capital Richmond, emergency services said one man died after a building collapsed during severe weather, though it was not clear if that death was directly linked to Florence. The US Coast Guard has made dozens of water rescues in the area, and one helicopter alone south of Wilmington saved 26 adults and 11 children, as well as seven dogs and four cats.
What's left of Florence is dragging itself north, dumping heavy rain Monday as it moves into the southern Appalachian Mountains.
Florence has now weakened to a tropical depression with winds of 30mph (45km/h), according to the National Hurricane Centre. It was moving north at 13 miles per hour, whipping up 30-mph winds.
The state board said it's already sending out state ballots for several counties that can't do so because of flooding, power and internet outages or because their offices are inaccessible.
In many areas, the brief period of the sun was wiped out by more rain but some evacuated residents were able to return to their homes to assess the damage.
Merger of Vijaya Bank, Dena Bank & Bank of Baroda announced
The merged entity will have a combined business of Rs 14.82 lakh crore, with 10,000 branches and around 85,000 employees. He added that the government would now await the response of the banks to the proposal.