Florence's drenching rains kill 23 in the Carolinas

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A baby boy is among 17 people killed as rain and flooding from storm Florence continues to cause chaos in the US.

In North Carolina, rivers rose to record levels and more people have been asked to evacuate as authorities worry another round of flooding could come in the next few days.

"I can not overstate it: Floodwaters are rising, and if you aren't watching for them, you are risking your life", Governor Roy Cooper said.

In Swansboro, North Carolina, almost 34 inches of rain had fallen by Sunday afternoon and 20 other places in North Carolina had at least 20 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

Up to 6 more inches of rain could fall in parts of North Carolina and Virginia from Sunday evening to Tuesday evening, forecasters said.

-Three people died in Duplin County, North Carolina, because of flash flooding and swift water on roadways.

At least 23 people have been killed as a result of the storm, which made landfall on Friday as a Category-1 hurricane.

A man carries a woman from her flooded home. Six people died in SC, including four in auto accidents and two from carbon monoxide from a portable generator.

In addition to the physical damage being done by Florence - it has already left tens of thousands of homes damaged - experts warn of psychological disruption for residents along its path. Sarah Thompson, who is helping lead Save the Children's response to Florence, told NPR children are among the most vulnerable to emotional trauma from a major storm.

Wilmington, North Carolina, has been cut off from the rest of the state thanks to Hurricane Florence's floodwaters, which are still rising. Police guarded the door of one store, and only 10 people were allowed inside at a time.

Helicopter crews have carried out dozens of missions in coastal North Carolina and helped in the rescue of 50 people and eight pets, said Petty Officer Michael Himes of the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Relief: Susan Hedgpeth hugs her dog as they evacuate in Lumberton, North Carolina.

Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com calculated that Florence could dump a staggering 18 trillion gallons of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland.

Of particular concern were the risks to dams, already stressed by heavy rainfall from a tropical storm earlier in the month, he said, urging citizens to heed official warnings about what was now a "flood event".

Of those deaths, 13 took place in North Carolina and five in SC.

Horry County Council Chair Mark Lazarus warned people not to focus on the storm leaving the area.

"I can't begin to thank the staff of the city of New Bern for what they're doing and what they're going to continue to do", said Outlaw.

President Donald Trump said federal emergency workers, first responders and law enforcement officials were "working really hard".

Unlike the latest major storm to hit the Philippines, Florence - which was an extremely powerful hurricane while still over the Atlantic - was downgraded to a tropical storm, but it was still able to whip up a 3-meter storm surge in the town of New Bern, North Carolina.

Fresh evacuations were ordered further inland as rivers crested and spilled out of their banks. The flooding could presist for several weeks in some areas.

"Second, know that water is rising fast everywhere, even in places that don't typically flood". "Flood waters are rising as rivers crest and they will for days".

"As you can tell, they're not listening to me", he said.