Dolphins swimming in flood water caused by Hurricane Florence

The city said two FEMA teams were working on swift-water rescues and more were on the way.

Numerous state highways leading out of town were also disappearing under water. The storm knocked out power to almost 930,000 homes and businesses, and the number could keep rising.

So far: almost 32.5 inches (82.5 centimeters) of rain was reported in Oriental, North Carolina.

Thousands of the 20,000 people staying in more than 150 shelters this weekend and others waiting it out elsewhere won't be able to return to their homes for good any time soon.

"DEQ has been closely monitoring all coal ash impoundments that could be vulnerable in this record breaking rain event", Thorpe said.

The Neuse is expected to crest at more than nine feet (3 meters) above flood stage Monday and Sheehan said the company expects the same ash basins are likely to be inundated again.

The death toll from the hurricane-turned-tropical storm has now climbed to 11.

North Carolina must withstand more torrential rains, gusty winds, and river flooding from Tropical Storm Florence next week, but emergency leaders are already working on the recovery.

Swansboro, a town near North Carolina's coast, received 30.58 inches of rainfall as of Saturday morning, setting a record for tropical storm-associated rainfall in the state, meteorologist David Roth said. Virginia's home game with OH was moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and North Carolina and North Carolina State also called off contests.

Florence's remnants are expected to keep traveling north and then northeast and could drop several inches of rain in eastern Tennessee and eastern Kentucky, southwest Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

"Many people who think the storm has missed them have yet to see its threat", he said, adding: "Don't go back until this storm passes and you get the official all clear". Fifty-seven people died - including 35 in North Carolina - mostly due to flooding.

Cavaliers fan Manley Worrell said he and his mother traveled 10 hours from Hampton Roads to be there. "But we're still in the throes of it". "We face walls of water.

Flood waters are rising, & if you aren't watching for them, you are risking life". This system is unloading epic amounts of rainfall: "in some places, measured in feet, not inches". We just had to bring our own energy and noise on the sideline and take care of the task at hand.

Roads became flooded, trees blown over and homes destroyed as some parts of North Carolina have already seen surges of flood water as high as 10ft.

"If it rises any higher, I'll break out the jon boat and go somewhere", said Watson, 62, a retired building inspector.

But for many residents in the low-income communities most threatened by the storm's wake of devastation, evacuation was never a possibility. More are expected, as the storm could bring winds up to 45 miles per hour around the area, according to Durham County emergency management officials.

"Honestly, I grew up in Wilmington". "If not we'd be stuck upstairs for the next ... how long?" "Don't make yourself someone who needs to be rescued". REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz REFILE - CORRECTING GRAMMAR AND TYPO IN CITY NAME People are rescued by members of the U.S. Army during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern, North Carolina, U.S., September 14, 2018. Emergency crews also rescued an Onslow family from their home where a tree fell through the roof, Jordan said. "These are folks who chose to stay and ride out the storm for whatever reason, despite having a mandatory evacuation", city public information officer Colleen Roberts said. "I woke up at 6 a.m., and the water was coming into the house".

Resident Jay Manning said he and his wife watched with alarm as water filled the street.

"I was literally just sending picture after picture after picture, posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, every social media platform I have", Molly said.

  • Carolyn Briggs