I-95 remains closed by Florence’s flooding

Florence weakened to a tropical depression, but flooding worries continue from the Carolinas to Virginia. More than 900 water rescues have been reported in North Carolina alone, the governor's office said - but many more people need help. Radar showed parts of the sprawling storm over six states, with North and SC in the bulls-eye.

"This community, the most marginalised and economically deprived in town, has been hit the worst".

They had stayed in their house until Sunday night, when rising floodwaters prompted them to go to a relative's home on drier ground elsewhere in Lumberton, which is about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northwest of Wilmington.

"Some areas have not seen the worst flooding yet".

Flood Watches extend from Virginia to MA.

Mountainous parts of southern Virginia are now at risk of flooding, mudslides and landslides due to Florence's heavy rains on Monday, said Guy, the meteorologist.

Downgraded to a tropical depression, Florence slowly crawled over South and North Carolina, dumping heavy rains on already flood-swollen river basins that authorities warned could bring more death and destruction. She was able to free 1-year-old Kaiden Lee-Welch from his vehicle seat and escape. The mother had driven around barricades on a closed stretch of road, the post said.

Rescuers freed six dogs that were locked up in an outdoor cage in North Carolina during Hurricane Florence, as the water level was rapidly rising. Officials expect as much as a foot (30 centimeters) more as river basins absorb more water flowing into the state from North Carolina following Florence's torrential rains.

The death toll from Florence hits 23 as rescue efforts continue in the Carolinas as flooding persists.

"We will do whatever it takes to keep the American people safe", Trump said. It has seen more than 86 inches of rain this year; the average to date is about 43 inches. He had been evacuated a day before by military troops in a truck.

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. "I can't thank the first responders enough".

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.

The number of customers without power across North Carolina fell to just under 500,000, with about 20,000 in SC.

The storm's death toll, including those caused by fallen trees and electrocutions, rose to at least 19 by Monday morning, according to reports.

Two men in their 70s died in Lenoir County.

By 5 am Monday, Florence's winds were about 45 kmph, the NWS said, with weakening forecast over the next 24 hours before intensifying again.

  • Carolyn Briggs