North Carolina's Florence flood disaster is growing

This satellite image provided by NOAA shows Tropical Depression Florence moving west across the United States on Sunday September 16

This satellite image provided by NOAA shows Tropical Depression Florence moving west across the United States on Sunday September 16

Florence has now weakened to a tropical depression with winds of 30mph (45km/h), according to the National Hurricane Centre. The people who were hit by the fury of Florence are nowhere near out danger.

McMaster was touring portions of Chesterfield County in a National Guard helicopter on Monday when he spotted two people lying down on a vehicle almost completely submerged in rushing flood waters.

Flood waters have cut off the coastal city of Wilmington from the rest of North Carolina. "Pay attention to the weather warnings and be ready to head for safer ground if you're asked to evacuate", Cooper warned residents during Sunday news conference.

It's not just Wilmington that's swamped. Forecasters said it was expected to continue toward the Northeast, which is in for as much as 4 inches (10 centimetres) of rain, before the system moves offshore again.

It's the same in the town of Pembroke.

Tens of thousands of houses have been damaged, but for many parts of the Carolinas, "the worst is yet to come" as river levels rise to historic levels, said Zach Taylor, a meteorologist with the U.S. National Weather Service.

"We got them out, but by the time we left, the water was so high that they would have drowned", DiPaola wrote on Twitter.

"It came up at least four feet", Robert Simms told Oliver. Simms told Oliver he was concerned about bridge over the river.

"You are about to see a lot of damage going through West Virginia, all the way up to OH as the system exits out", he said.

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Julie Lamb, with her 15-month-old twins, stepped off a Coast Guard boat after being rescued from her parents' house, where the yard was submerged and water was still rising at Lumberton. She had run out of medication and the team airlifted her to safety to a nearby hospital.

Flooding from Florence's heavy rains also has shut down hundreds of other roads in both Carolinas.

"There are no roads ... that are leading into Wilmington that are passable because of the flooding that is taking place now inland", Saffo said.

The organization is collecting a wide range of items including canned goods, personal hygiene items, bottled water, pet supplies, first aid supplies, sheets, sleeping bags, tents, diapers, paper towels, plates and cups.

"We wanted to pump their spirit up".

President Donald Trump says the aftermath of last year's hurricanes in Puerto Rico have been an "incredible, tough situation" but adds, "we fought, and we are winning that one big".

"Three days of relentless rain from #Florence has resulted in significant flooding in #NC #SC", said Duke Energy, a major power supplier.

"This a monumental disaster for our state", said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.

Registered voters in North Carolina may vote by mail; vote in person from October 17 through Nov. 3; or vote on Election Day, Nov. 6.

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