As Hurricane Florence, now downgraded to a tropical storm, continued to chart a path of destruction across North and SC on Saturday, school gymnasiums morphed into makeshift shelters for thousands of people displaced from their homes in nearby flood-prone areas.
As the United States dealt with Florence, a strong typhoon tore across the northern tip of the Philippines, killing at least three people, wrecking homes and triggering landslides before heading toward Hong Kong and southern China.
He said he believed that crews wouldn't be able to get to him as of Saturday morning, as floodwaters were chest-high. "We didn't know where to go", she said.
Winds have dropped to about 40 miles per hour (65 kph) since it roared ashore along the USA mid-Atlantic coast on Friday as a hurricane and it is crawling west over two states at 6 mph (9 kph), the National Hurricane Center in Miami said early Sunday.
In its initial onslaught along the coast, Florence buckled buildings, deluged entire communities and knocked out power to more than 870,000 homes and businesses.
He said five deaths were confirmed from the storm and "several others are under investigation". The city said two FEMA teams were working on swift-water rescues and more were on the way. More than 22,600 people were housed in 150 shelters statewide.
"Please be safe and be smart and use your common sense", Cooper added.
"It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave", said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.
The death toll from the hurricane-turned-tropical storm has now climbed to 11.
About 10 million people could be affected by the storm.
Meanwhile, tragedy struck one family in Wilmington when a tree fell on a house; a mother and a child were killed. In Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack after paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris.
"More and more inland counties are issuing mandatory evacuations to get people to safety quickly".
"We face walls of water at our coasts, along our rivers, across our farmland, in our cities and in our towns".
With flood waters advancing rapidly in many communities, stranded people were being rescued by boat and by helicopter, while tens of thousands of others hunkered down in shelters.
At the W. H. Weatherspoon Power Station near Lumberton, Sheehan said it had already rained more than 30 inches (75 centimeters) by Saturday evening, causing a nearby swamp to overflow into the plants cooling pond.
Hours before the storm made landfall September 14, workers at New Bern's WCTI-TV NewsChannel 12 had to abandon their studio.
In total, Florence is forecast to dump about18 trillion gallons of rain over North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Maryland before the storm is over.
The figure for SC was 170,000.
The Weather Channel's Mike Seidel was seemingly battling to stay upright as he filmed a piece in North Carolina - only for two pedestrians to calmly stroll past in the background.
The president may travel to the region next week, the White House says. Although more than $740 million in federal, state and local funds have been spent to address Matthew's damages, state officials are still working to distribute $236 million allocated by the federal government past year to help reimburse or pay for extensive home repairs.
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