Florence evacuees return as others brace for more flooding

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Jim Fraboni is preparing for the worst as an "unheard" amount of floodwater from Hurricane Florence is slowly flowing through the Carolinas. Trump said 1.6 million meals have been provided in North Carolina and another 400,000 are ready for victims in SC. At least one of those deaths was in Lenoir County, and a mother and infant were killed in the Wilmington area.

And the effects from the slow-moving storm were still being felt Tuesday as record inland river flooding was impacting areas such as Pollocksville in Jones County, where USA 17 was impassable. "Even though there is no substantial rain in the forecast and the sun may be shining across many parts of our state, rivers continue to rise and we will see more flooding". North Carolina is the top producing state of the tubers, and Smith grows 150 acres of them, only three of which he's been able to harvest so far.

Below we've embedded a series of aerial satellite images from NOAA, ESRI Disaster Response, and Digital Globe that show parts of North Carolina before and after the storm. Here are the cities and counties that Hurricane Florence drenched the most.

The barrier island community of Emerald Isle started feeling the impacts of Florence more than a day before the hurricane made landfall, and a US government water monitoring gauge ultimately recorded water levels over 6 feet (2 meters) above normal there.

More than three dozen flood gauges in North and SC showed flooding. An 81-year-old man who was found dead inside a auto in Dillon County after it was swept away by water, was among the victims in SC, the department tweeted on Thursday.

About 56,000 homes and business remain without power as of Friday afternoon.

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The pictures showed oxygen masks being deployed for the passengers and a few passengers even posted pictures wearing safety gears. Almost 15 minutes into the flight, he said, an attendant finally got on the loudspeaker and told everyone to put their masks on.

"The biggest risk is burying your head in the sand and not understanding your exposure", he said. This year, the water broke the windows, leaving the pews a jumbled mess and soaked Bibles and hymn books on the floor. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, and South Carolina Sens.

Officials said 33 animals also were rescued. They also warned people to not get caught off guard as rivers that briefly receded were periodically rising back.

More than a thousand other roads from major highways to neighbourhood lanes are closed in the Carolinas, officials said. Some of them have been washed out entirely.

Flood waters and downed trees nearly entirely cut off Wilmington from the rest of the state, after Florence dropped more than 2 feet (60 centimeters) of rain over the coastal city.

Brandon Echavarrieta struggled to stay composed as he described life post-Florence: no power for days, rotted meat in the freezer, no water or food and just one bath in a week.

"We've never had it at those levels before, so we don't really know what the impact will be just yet", he said. We're not like Wilmington or Lumberton or New Bern.

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