Florence 'unloading epic amounts of rainfall' in North Carolina

A work truck drives on Hwy 24 as the wind from Hurricane Florence blows palm trees in Swansboro N.C. Thursday Sept. 13 2018

Relief will not come quickly. It was moving west at 2 miles per hour, the National Weather Service said. The rivers are in most cases several days from cresting.

But the size of the storm meant the path didn't really matter. Floodwaters submerged U.S. Highway 264, cutting off a major route to other flood-prone areas along the river and the adjacent Pamlico Sound.

There is really nowhere for the water to go. "We have two boats and all our worldly possessions", said Susan Patchkofsky, who refused her family's pleas to evacuate and stayed at Emerald Isle with her husband.

The storm dropped 10 to 18 inches of rain along the North Carolina coast.

That's Jay Barnes. He's a hurricane historian and has literally written the book on the history of North Carolina's hurricanes.

Travel is extremely hazardous because of storm surge, Trogdon said, and will only get worse. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU".

More than 22,600 people in North Carolina were housed in 150 shelters statewide, including schools, churches and Wake Forest University's basketball arena.

Jason Weinmann, a 47-year-old retired Marine, also joined the rescue effort.

And they say people who are truly in an emergency should call 911, not just Tweet about it.

The president may travel to the region next week, the White House has said.

The city of about 29,000, which was founded in the early 1700s, is near the North Carolina coast and is bordered on the east and south, respectively, by two rivers.

It has already claimed five victims, with a mother and her baby crushed by a tree in North Carolina.

Three died in one inland county, Duplin, because of water on roads and flash floods, the sheriff's office said.

In all, hundreds of people have been rescued in New Bern, according to Gov. Roy Cooper. And a 77-year-old man died when he was knocked over by wind, he said. A 61-year-old woman died Friday night when her auto struck a tree that fell during the storm, state emergency officials said. He said the cause was not drowning and did not provide further details.

"Our hearts go out to the families of those who died in this storm", Cooper said in a statement. "Be extremely careful and stay alert".

Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and restoration could take weeks.

The weather service later measured a storm surge 10 feet deep in the city, which lies on the Neuse River near the Atlantic coast.

Zooming out to the full projection, shown above, the core of the storm is slated to enter North Carolina around 2 p.m. ET on Sunday.

The National Hurricane Center said a gauge in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, reported 6.3 feet (1.92 meters) of inundation.

A man sits on a park bench in a flooded park as the Cape Fear River rises above its usual height in Wilmington, N.C., on Friday. Florence could add another six to 10 inches of rainfall this weekend.

Water began rising in their home Thursday night, Morales said. Forecasters said this onslaught could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas. "That's why we've been preaching to people that you have to get away from the water".

Despite the predictability of low-income communities being hit hardest by natural disasters, it remains a documented phenomenon that the national news media largely turns a blind eye to the devastation being wrought in poor neighborhoods. But here's a look at some figures so far from the Associated Press.

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