In Lumberton, North Carolina - a city submerged by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 - residents were bracing for disaster as the Lumber River seeps through a patched-up gap in the levee system. The coastal city took a direct hit when Hurricane Florence came ashore and has been largely cut off since then due to storm surges and flooding from the Cape Fear River. And with that increased flooding - many rivers are not expected to crest until Monday or later - the death count will rise. Whether they were just stubborn, short of resources to leave or believed they had already seen worse devastation, all will be haunted by what the water has swept away.
"Please don't make yourself someone who needs to be rescued".
This included survivors of past floods and hurricanes like Hurricane Harvey, Mr. Burgess said, but about 30 percent of calls over the past few days are coming from North Carolina, with residents experiencing distress over lost property or not being able to get back home.
Continued historic, and likely catastrophic, flooding is expected. Further rescues are ongoing.
On Friday, morning, Lenoir County officials said, a 68-year-old man was electrocuted at a home when he attempted to connect two extension cords outside in the rain.
Florence dumped close to 36 inches of rain, according to totals measured in Elizabethtown, North Carolina. The death toll from the storm has increased to at least 32 people, and crews are rescuing people trapped by still-rising rivers.
- Also in Union County, the body of an elderly man was found by his submerged vehicle. More than 1,000 roads remain closed in the state, and flooding could get worse.
A woman died in Hampstead, NC, after suffering a medical emergency, WECT reported.
I-95, which goes from Maine to Florida, travels through low-lying plains in eastern South and North Carolina. In North Carolina, they have been using their private boats to navigate flooded communities and save stranded families.
Parts of southern New Hampshire and much of MA were under a flash flood warning, and a tornado warning was issued near Salem, Mass.
More than 25 inches of rain has already fallen in parts of North Carolina, and more than 15 inches of rain has fallen in parts of SC. The National Hurricane Center expects more than 40 inches of rain will have fallen by the end of the storm, creating serious flooding and other complications.
One person was killed in Virginia when the storm spawned some 16 tornadoes there on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
The White House said President Donald Trump would visit North Carolina on Wednesday.
According to state officials, one death has been confirmed in Robeson County as of September 18.
The former is helping provide food and shelter to thousands across several states, while the latter directs funds to nonprofits in North and SC dedicated to providing support for those affected by the hurricane.
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