Tropical storm Florence dumps metres of rain on Carolinas

The slow-moving tropical storm will continue to drench the region for days

The slow-moving tropical storm will continue to drench the region for days

The deadly Tropical Storm Florence is so ferocious, it's uprooting everything, even tightly-bolted historic statues.

Some towns have already seen 60cm of rain in two days, with totals forecast to top 1m in places.

Volunteers from all over North Carolina help rescue residents and their pets from their flooded homes during Hurricane Florence September 14, 2018 in New Bern, United States.

More than 10 million people are under hurricane watches or warnings and 1.7 million have been ordered to evacuate the coast.

The 400-mile-wide storm is expected to continue wreaking havoc in North Carolina and elsewhere throughout this weekend. Cooper described the amount of rainfall from the storm as a "1,000-year event". The storm's slow and parallel movement to the coastline created several bands of heavy rain, capable of producing 2 to 4 inches of rain per hour, sitting over the same locations for essentially the last day and a half.

And the danger would continue to be very real for some time, authorities said.

The storm's first casualties, which included a mother and her baby killed when a tree fell on their brick house in Wilmington, North Carolina, were announced about eight hours after Florence came ashore on Friday (local time).

A 78-year-old man in Kinston, North Carolina, was electrocuted when he tried to connect two extension cords outside in the rain, according to Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Roger Dail.

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So far, no Kenyan has been reported dead in the aftermath of the hurricane that made landfall on Friday morning. Emergency crews were unable to get to her because of a downed tree in the road.

Another individual's death was reported Friday in coastal Pender County though few details are known.

The storm's death toll climbed to 15 when a pickup truck ran off Interstate 20 in SC and struck an overpass support, killing the driver.

Shaken after seeing waves crashing on the Neuse River just outside his house in New Bern, restaurant owner and hurricane veteran Tom Ballance wished he had evacuated.

"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", he said. "Florence's 18 trillion gallons is as much water as there is in the entire Chesapeake Bay", its article says.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence had the potential to dump historic amounts of rain on North and SC, as much as a meter in some places.

But it was clear that this was really about the water, not the wind. Heavy rains will continue to fall in the Carolinas and heavier rains are expected to spread into western parts of North Carolina, in addition to some parts of eastern Tennessee and eastern Georgia, Doll said.

According to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski: "Strength, track and forward speed of Florence will be the major players in determining the scope and amount of rainfall and correspondingly the severity of inland flooding".

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