A severe inland flood threat is emerging as remnants of Florence pound the Carolinas with almost nonstop rain for a second day since the once major hurricane howled ashore.
But as Seidel appeared to be bracing against the wind, two people in the background appeared to be walking in a parking lot without any difficulty. A 78-year-old man was electrocuted attempting to connect extension cords while another man died when he was blown down by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs, a county spokesman said.
Members of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force search a flooded neighbourhood for evacuees during Hurricane Florence in Fairfield Harbour, North Carolina.
Resident Jay Manning said he and his wife watched with alarm as water filled the street.
"This storm is going to continue its violent grind across our state for days", Cooper said. "My wife's in a panic right now". "More than likely it's maybe a mindset of 'we've been through this before, '" he said. "This is a 500- or 1,000-year event".
The mother and child were the first known deaths attributed to Florence, which has now been downgraded to a tropical storm - it was a hurricane when it struck Wilmington on Friday.
Most of those in North and SC live in Raleigh, Charlotte and Charleston.
He said there has been about two to four inches of rain thus far with the slow-moving storm and another 12 to 16 inches is expected in the next couple of days. These included I-40 on Wallace Road, and possible flooding on North Carolina highways 41 and 50.More news: Australia Warns Consumer to Cut Strawberries After Needles Found Inside Some Samples
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In New Bern, a riverfront city near the North Carolina coast that saw storm surges up to 10 feet (3 meters), authorities were rescuing stranded residents and taking stock of damages.
More than 22,600 people were housed in 150 shelters statewide, including schools, churches and Wake Forest University's basketball arena.
According to Doll, many areas in North Carolina are seeing somewhere between 10 and 20 inches of rain.
More than 760,000 customers in North Carolina were without power and 21,000 people were being housed in 157 shelters across the state.
"I didn't want to wait to see what happens because if something happens to me, nobody will know as there are not many Kenyans in Wilmington", he said. Trump plans a visit to the region next week.
Florence is 350 miles (560 km) wide and has travelled 4,000 miles across the ocean from west Africa.
Computer models mostly show the remnants of Florence tracking into western North Carolina on Sunday afternoon, before making a sharp turn to the north/northeast as the storm begins to get picked up by the jet stream over North America. The storm is expected to slowly cross SC over the weekend. Rains have been relentless, and Florence continues to dump a "catastrophic" amount of water in its path.
Parts of West-central Virginia and far eastern West Virginia will see "life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding, along with an elevated risk for landslides", according to the agency.