How to help those affected by Hurricane Florence

Two U.S. Navy warships carrying helicopters and rescue equipment are in position off the East Coast to help with the response to hurricane-turned Tropical Depression Florence

How to help those affected by Hurricane Florence

Five people have been arrested for looting in the North Carolina city of Wilmington as rain and flooding from storm Florence continue to cause chaos.

Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday in North Carolina, and now people and organizations across the nation are stepping up to help those affected by the storm.

The National Weather Service released rainfall totals as of 2pm (1800 GMT) for parts of North Carolina.

Fayetteville sits along the banks of the Cape Fear River, which is up to 53.95 feet at that location, according to the National Weather Service.

Florence was drifting westward over SC, reaching about 30 kilometres southeast of Columbia S.C., at 5 a.m. Sunday, the NHC said.

With Wilmington cut off from the rest of North Carolina by still-rising floodwaters from Florence, officials plan to airlift food and water to the city of almost 120,000 people as rescuers elsewhere pull inland residents from homes threatened by swollen rivers.

"You'd have to understand what that station was charging prior to the storm", he said.

The N.C. Highway Patrol has stressed that people trying to return home should not drive around police barriers, said Cooper.

Forecasters say the worst flooding is yet to come.

Eric Tryggeseth, 59, found his home in Leland, North Carolina, without power on Monday and a tree laying in his front yard.

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Florence has now weakened to a tropical depression with winds of 30mph (45km/h), according to the National Hurricane Centre. She had run out of medication and the team airlifted her to safety to a nearby hospital.

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

More than 900 people were rescued from rising floodwaters and 15,000 remain in shelters in the state, Mr Cooper said.

- A man died when a his truck hit an overpass support beam on Interstate 20 in Kershaw County, South Carolina.

A cross is seen in flood water at a cemetary in Grifton, North Carolina on September 16, 2018.

In Bath, North Carolina, a homeowner's pier is sown left, before the storm, and right, what is left of it afterwards. Southbound I-95 lanes also were closed between Exits 81 and 65 in North Carolina.

One was blown over by high winds while checking on his dogs.

The other was electrocuted while connecting extension cords in the rain.

Tropical depression Florence is expected to weaken on Monday before re-intensifying as it transitions to an extratropical cyclone Tuesday and Wednesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Monday. It was moving north at 13 miles per hour, whipping up 30-mph winds.

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. Similar warnings have gone out in West Virginia and Virginia, as the storm's remnants begin curving back to the north and to the east.

By Tuesday, Guy said, "the remnants of Florence will be pushed towards the Northeast, where areas from northern Pennsylvania through central NY towards Boston could pick up some heavy rain".

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