North Carolina governor: We saw ‘significant damage’ in eastern part of state

- The death toll attributed to Florence stands at 17, including 11 in North Carolina and six in SC.

The army previously announced it was deploying almost 200 soldiers to assist in storm response and recovery efforts, along with 100 trucks and equipment.

In the Lehigh Valley, Davis said the rainfall could result in some localized flash flooding and wind gusts of about 20 miles per hour, much less than the over 105 miles per hour gusts Thursday night that sent seawater surging ashore along the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

Flash flood watches are in effect across much of North Carolina, northern SC, portions of Western Virginia, southern and eastern West Virginia, central and western Maryland, central and western Pennsylvania, southern NY and southern New England.

It comes after a mother and her eight-month-old child were killed when a massive tree crushed their brick house in Wilmington, North Carolina.

The storm continued to crawl westward, dumping more than 30 inches of rain in spots since Friday, and fears of historic flooding grew. It said the additional rain will "produce catastrophic flash flooding, prolonged significant river flooding, and an elevated risk for landslides in western North Carolina and far southwest Virginia".

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"There are no roads. that are leading into Wilmington that are passable because of the flooding that is taking place now inland", Saffo said.

Police officers help civilians push a stranded motorist out of the flood water near downtown Lumberton.

Storm surges, flash flooding and wind have left a path of destruction, with hundreds of thousands of people unable to return to their homes until floodwaters recede, which is expected to take days in many instances.

More than 30 inches (75cm) of rain has fallen across North and SC since Friday, with tens of thousands of people evacuated from their homes.

A NOAA satellite image shows Tropical Depression Florence moving west across the United States on Sunday.

More than 641,000 homes and businesses were without electricity in North and SC and surrounding states, down from a peak of almost 1 million. More than 2.4 million people were evacuated from China's southern Guangdong province ahead of the massive typhoon, the strongest to hit the region in almost two decades. "They have not even begun (to crest)".

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"There is a lot of farm land underwater, all over the southeastern part of the state", Cooper said.

"We were stir-crazy from being inside so long", Moore said.

Donald Trump said federal emergency workers, first responders and law enforcement officials were "working really hard" in the extreme weather. "We didn't know where to go", she said.

Members of the North Carolina Task Force urban search and rescue team wade through a flooded neighbourhood looking for residents in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Near the flooded-out town of New Bern, where about 455 people had to be rescued from the swirling flood waters, water completely surrounded churches, businesses and homes. "The risk is growing as well in the mountains, where rains could lead to unsafe landslides", he said.

Forecaster: Florence storm surge not diminished
In other words, this hurricane will basically stall - pounding the same parts of the Carolinas over and over again. Bermuda, parts of the Bahamas and the northeast USA coast may also feel some effects from Hurricane Florence .

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