Carolina Residents Who Refused to Evacuate Calling for Help

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"Inland flooding kills a lot of people unfortunately and that's what we're about to see".

"We are expecting several more days of rain", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said, describing the amount of rainfall from the hurricane as a "1,000-year event".

Ben Johnson, a resident of the town of Belhaven on the Pantego River, shared shocking videos to showcase the devastating effects the Florence-triggered floodings had caused in the area.

By mid-afternoon the winds had dropped to 75 miles per hour (120 kph) and the center was moving west at 6 miles per hour (10 kph), the NHC said, and parts of North and SC would get as much as 40 inches of rain (1 meter). It has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, but is not going anywhere fast.

"These are folks who made a decision to stay and ride out the storm for whatever reason, despite having a mandatory evacuation", city public information officer Colleen Roberts said.

Forecasters said conditions will deteriorate as the storm pushes ashore early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and makes its way slowly inland. Dozens more were pulled from a collapsed motel.

Roberts said early estimates show about 4,300 residences and 300 commercial buildings had been damaged.

Police in Wilmington say a mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on their house.

The city of Jacksonville's statement says people have been moved to the city's public safety center as officials work to find a more permanent shelter. The governor's office said a man was electrocuted while trying to connect extension cords in the rain.

"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", Ballance said. It blew ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

At 7 a.m., the center of the eye was located about 5 miles (10 kilometers) east of Wilmington, moving west at 6 mph.

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But it was clear that this was really about the water, not the wind. The town of Oriental had gotten more than 18 inches of rain just a few hours into the deluge, while Surf City had 14 inches and it was still coming down.

- An ominous tweet appeared on a historic North Carolina community's Twitter feed about 2 a.m. Friday. She was eventually rescued by a boat crew; 140 more awaited assistance.

For people living inland in the Carolinas, the moment of maximum peril from flash flooding could arrive days later, because it takes time for rainwater to drain into rivers and for those streams to crest.

Authorities warned, too, of risks of mudslides and environmental disasters from floodwaters washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm will travel through upstate SC, be downgraded to a tropical depression, then turn north toward the Ohio Valley. "The storm is wreaking havoc on our state".

Florence was one of two major storms on Friday. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay, or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches of water.

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons (36 trillion liters), enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches (25 centimeters).

In New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River left 500 people in peril. Coastal water has risen 5-feet above sea level near Wilmington and 8-feet above sea level near New Bern according to recorders in tide buoys, which you can track here.

"We moved all the furniture up in case the water comes in but the water seems to be staying at the edge of the driveway", he said, adding that if the wind picks up and the rain keeps coming, that could change.

Boat teams including volunteers rescued some 360 residents, including Sadie Marie Holt, 67, who first tried to row out of her neighborhood during Florence's assault.

"The wind was so hard, the waters were so hard ..."

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