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Photos and videos show Hurricane Florence's terrifying aftermath

S Florence unleashes havoc on Carolinas S Florence unleashes havoc on Carolinas
Bennie Garza | 18 September, 2018, 17:48

At least 32 people have been killed since Florence came ashore as a hurricane on Friday, including 25 in North Carolina and six in SC. Officials expect as much as a foot (30 centimeters) more as river basins absorb more water flowing into the state from North Carolina following Florence's torrential rains.

More than 900 water rescues have been reported in North Carolina alone, the governor's office said - but many more people need help.

Thomas Hammett, of Otway, North Carolina, said he has been in the shelter for almost a week with his two children, Jerry, 11, Christopher, three.

"Catastrophic and historic river flooding will continue for days across portions of the Carolinas", the National Weather Service said.

First responders have rescued 2,600 people and 300 animals, Gov. Roy Cooper said at a news conference.

Property damage from the storm is expected to total at least $17 billion to $22 billion but that forecast could be conservative depending on further flooding, risk management firm Moody's Analytics said.

The power and danger of slow-moving flood water isn't as easy to visually grasp as, say, a news reporter braving vicious winds to demonstrate the effect.

"It's hard going through it all over again", Lumberton resident Bruce Mullis said, recalling Hurricane Matthew's rampage in 2016. The woman had driven around barricades to reach a closed road, the sheriff's office in Union County, near North Carolina's border with SC, said on Facebook.

Tens of thousands of homes were damaged and at least 17 deaths were reported in North and SC.

Major rivers are expected to remain flooded for the next two to three weeks as rainwater drains into already engorged rivers across the state, said Steve Goldstein of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Authorities also have recovered the body of 1-year-old North Carolina boy who was swept from his mother's arms by floodwaters.

Meanwhile, more than 485,000 customers in North Carolina and more than 16,000 in SC don't have electricity, according to CNN.

Capt. Mick Cote, the federal health coordinating official for hurricane response, said the Department of Health and Human Services is supporting the local government as it operates medical shelters that are treating elderly patients with chronic conditions - "anything from nursing home patients to folks that typically receive different levels of care in their own home".

"We got them out, but by the time we left, the water was so high that they would have drowned".

"Every news channel and weather person I listened to would say dire things about the storm coming", admitted Larry.

Hurricane Florence is the wettest tropical depression ever in North Carolina.

"They hope to be able to get back to their homes".

Flooding from Florence's heavy rains also has shut down hundreds of other roads in both Carolinas. Officials warned people not to drive through floodwaters, even if they appear shallow. "We're seeing this happen now, and the result is not good".

In Kinston, where water overran the banks of the Neuse River in the city in eastern North Carolina, a crowd of people gathered on Riverbank Road to look at the changed landscape of Neuseway Nature Park.

Twenty-four of those were in North Carolina.

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