Dolphins swimming in flood water caused by Hurricane Florence

NOAA  Getty Images

NOAA Getty Images

The following content is sourced from external partners.

The storm, which made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane on Friday morning and weakened to a tropical storm hours after, caused massive damage across the USA states of North and SC by felling trees, splintering buildings, trapping hundreds of people, inundating communities and knocking out power.

The storm made landfall in Wilmington, North Carolina, in the gloom of dawn Friday as a Category 1 hurricane.

"We are expecting several more days of rain, and our focus now is getting people away from immediate danger", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said as the relenting storm puttered slowly west near the SC border.

Almost three feet of rain has fallen on portions of North Carolina, a reported record for the state for rainfall from a single storm.

Duke Energy said Saturday night that heavy rains from Florence caused a slope to collapse at a coal ash landfill at a closed power station near the North Carolina coast.

Tropical Storm Florence is expected to creep slowly through SC over the weekend.

More than 800,000 homes and businesses have lost power and Mr Cooper said the danger from flooding would linger for days.

A downed tree and water from the Neuse river are seen on a flooded street during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern, North Carolina, on September 14, 2018.

The figure included a woman and her baby killed when a tree fell on their house, while a sixth fatality occurred in SC.

The White House yesterday said President Donald Trump had approved making federal funding available in some counties.

Trump, who plans a visit to the region next week, tweeted his "deepest sympathies and warmth" to the families and friends of those who had lost their lives.

More news: False outrage? Hue Jackson now lists Josh Gordon as starter
More news: Delhi cop’s son beats up ex-lover, click to see the beast
More news: Google Pixel 3 teasers are worth a click

"Life-threatening, catastrophic flash floods and prolonged significant river flooding are likely over portions of the Carolinas and the southern to central Appalachians from western North Carolina into west-central Virginia through early next week, as Florence moves slowly inland", the NHC statement read.

Southwestern Virginia is also expecting up to 10in (25cm).

Florence's death toll could rise as a number of deaths are being investigated to see if they were caused by the storm.

Forecasters said this onslaught could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas.

"The worst is yet to come", he added.

A North Carolina city says about 70 people have been rescued from a hotel whose structural integrity is being threatened by Hurricane Florence.

On Saturday, its streets were strewn with downed tree limbs and carpeted with leaves and other debris.

"To make this work, we have to build dams to hold the floodwaters back off the road and keep the road operational", Hall said Saturday.

The coal-fired Sutton plant was retired in 2013 and the company has been excavating millions of tons of ash from old waste pits and removing it to safer lined landfills constructed on the property.

Officials had warned before the storm rains could taint waterways with murky coal ash and toxic hog waste.

More than 2 feet of rain had fallen in places, and the drenching went on and on, with forecasters saying there could be an additional 1½ feet before Sunday is out.

In New Bern, North Carolina, the storm surge overwhelmed the town of 30,000 which is located at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers.

Recommended News

  • Only Man City and Liverpool are challenging for title - Sarri

    Only Man City and Liverpool are challenging for title - Sarri

    Chelsea are now second in the Premier League with 10 goals , and only defending champions Manchester City have more with 11. It was his second hat-trick for Chelsea , coming four years after he scored all the goals in their 3-0 win over Newcastle.
    Cleveland Browns announce plans to release WR Josh Gordon on Monday

    Cleveland Browns announce plans to release WR Josh Gordon on Monday

    For as much talent as Gordon has, this also has as much to do about the future of the Browns as it does Gordon. Though Gordon is set to be released Monday, there still is a possibility the Browns will be able to trade him.
    Apple ditches dongles for older iPhones too

    Apple ditches dongles for older iPhones too

    In fact, maybe it's time for the majority to start keeping closer tabs on Apple , even if they don't like their products. The devices will be available in stores starting on Friday 21st September.
  • Just in - Conflicting Reports As Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun Resigns

    Just in - Conflicting Reports As Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun Resigns

    President Muhammadu Buhari has thanked the immediate past minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun for her service to the country. The former investment banker said she was issued with a certificate that she thought was genuine.
    Hurricane Florence lashes Carolinas, heavy rain leads to floods

    Hurricane Florence lashes Carolinas, heavy rain leads to floods

    As of 11am local time, Florence was centred about 145 miles south east of Wilmington and its forward movement slowed to 10mph. Oddly, the closer Hurricane Florence gets to land, the murkier its future gets.
    Hurricane Florence downgraded to Category 1 storm

    Hurricane Florence downgraded to Category 1 storm

    A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington . "If I am, I hope God protects us. Mr Cooper's office said the current emergency declaration was helping state officials prepare for the storm.
  • Dazzling Duchess - Inside Meghan’s first few months as a royal

    It is traditionally gifted by Queen Elizabeth from her personal collection of Welsh gold at the Clogau St. Meghan Markle , the Duchess of Sussex and actress is known for her simple and elegant beauty.
    Newly-launched iPhones coming to ‘Airtel Online Store’

    Newly-launched iPhones coming to ‘Airtel Online Store’

    After a cost cut for batteries following a scandal previous year , Apple is putting up prices for iPhone ones by up to £40. Apple believes our faces will become our "passports" as it unveiled three new iPhones at its annual showcase in California.
    New York Rangers trade for Adam McQuaid from Boston Bruins

    New York Rangers trade for Adam McQuaid from Boston Bruins

    McQuaid, 31, has played in 462 career games for the Bruins , dating back to the 2009-10 season. And for the guys in the locker room, he was a great teammate. "It's tough to see him go".
  • Millions prepare for potentially catastrophic Hurricane Florence

    Millions prepare for potentially catastrophic Hurricane Florence

    Florence was about 575 miles south-southeast of Bermuda as of noon ET Monday, or about 1,230 miles from Cape Fear, North Carolina. Many more were left to wonder where they might be safe if days of torrential rains unleash floods from the mountains to the sea.
    How the Waffle House is used to determine a hurricane’s fury

    How the Waffle House is used to determine a hurricane’s fury

    The chain, whose restaurants are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, is famous for staying open during many natural disasters. In Myrtle Beach, the Waffle House location on Frontage Road posted a sign on the front door that the location would be closed.
    Hungary will seek legal ways to challenge Article 7 vote

    Hungary will seek legal ways to challenge Article 7 vote

    The Czech government stands behind Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban , Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Thursday. It was the first step in a process that could ultimately strip Hungary of its voice in decision-making in the European Union.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.