A baby boy is among 17 people killed as rain and flooding from storm Florence continues to cause chaos in the US.
The death toll from the hurricane-turned-tropical depression climbed to 11.
Deadly storm Florence drenched North Carolina with more downpours on Sunday, cutting off the coastal city of Wilmington, damaging tens of thousands of homes and threatening worse flooding as rivers fill to the bursting point.
"If you do not have to drive, then please do not", McNeill said. It has top sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph) and is moving west at 6 miles per hour (9 kph). With half of the storm still out over the Atlantic, Florence continued to collect warm ocean water and dump it on land. Its onslaught has trapped people in their homes. But the storm was shaping up as a two-part disaster, with the second, delayed stage triggered by rainwater working its way into rivers and streams.
This time, the biggest danger isn't flash floods. By Tuesday, officials expect more than 62 feet for the river that runs through the center of the city. It is expected to crest late Sunday or early Monday around 25.7 feet. Floodwaters from other areas poured into the rivers upstream. He moved quickly as workers helped him empty more than 1,000 mattresses from a warehouse in a low-lying strip mall.
"To make this work, we have to build dams to hold the floodwaters back off the road and keep the road operational", Hall said Saturday. SC recorded its first death from the storm, with officials saying a 61-year-old woman was killed when her vehicle hit a tree that had fallen across a highway. Rivers will continue to rise days after the rain has stopped, he said.
Sutton was mothballed in 2013 and the company has been excavating ash to remove to safer lined landfills. The ash left behind when coal is burned contains toxic heavy metals, including lead and arsenic.
On Saturday some residents tried to return home, driving through flooded highways and armed with chainsaws to clear fallen pine trees that covered the road.
"Amazing. They did awesome", said Knox, who was stranded with seven others including a boy in a life vest.
In New Bern, swift water boat teams rescued almost 500 people who chose to wait out Florence, some scrambling into their upper floors, attics and even roofs to escape shockingly fast floodwaters. But thousands of buildings were damaged in the destruction that Roberts called "heart-wrenching".
Across the Trent River from New Bern, Jerry and Jan Andrews returned home after evacuating to find carp flopping in their backyard near the porch stairs.
More than 400 people had to be rescued from their homes or vehicles and 20,000 took refuge in shelters. Coast Guard members said choppers had made about 50 rescues in and around New Bern and Jacksonville as of noon.
"We know the water is rising fast everywhere - even in places that don't typically flood", Cooper said.
More than five people have died in Hurricane Florence before it was downgraded to a tropical storm still capable of wreaking havoc. They included three who died 'due to flash flooding and swift water on roadways, ' the Duplin County Sheriff's Office reported. "May God be with them!"
According to the National Hurricane Centre, the storm will travel through upstate SC, be downgraded to a tropical depression, then turn north toward the Ohio Valley.
As of noon, Emerald Isle had more than 23 inches of rain, and Wilmington and Goldsboro had about a foot.
Asked if he had spoken with President Donald Trump -a politically ally whom McMaster backed very early in the 2016 campaign- the governor says the president reassured him SC would get federal assistance to dig out. The storm is moving slowly west at 8 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour.