Florence's Death Toll Stands at 14 as It Weakens to a Depression

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Florence's forward movement during the day slowed to a near-standstill - sometimes it was going no faster than a human can walk - and that enabled it to pile on the rain. But officials said the state's many lagoons of toxic hog waste had so far withstood the storm.

Florence is menacing the USA coast just as Supertyphoon Mangkhut is threatening to spur chaos in parts of Asia.

This is according to data as of 5 a.m. EST from tweets North and SC emergency management agencies.

More rain was expected Saturday night, and Gov. Roy Cooper said in a statement that flood danger from the storm was "more immediate than when it made landfall just over 24 hours ago".

Around 50 stranded people were airlifted by helicopter in North Carolina, said Petty Officer Michael Himes of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Along the coast, floodwaters have been hitting inland towns near rivers that normally discharge into the ocean.

As Florence raged, a tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico brought heavy rain to already saturated areas along the Texas coast, resulting in street flooding and prompting some schools to cancel or cut short classes.

"The water kept rising and kept rising", he said.

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons, enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches (25 centimeters).

But it continued to warn of "catastrophic" flooding from excessive rainfall.

Here are snapshots of people struggling to cope with the slow-grinding Category 1 storm.

"Those rivers in North Carolina that have received heavy rainfall are coming our way", Governor Henry McMaster said during a news conference. "It'll be ugly, but we'll get through it", Long told NBC's "Meet The Press".

The floodwaters are expected to push many rivers to all-time highs and, toward the mountains of western North Carolina and southwestern Virginia, could spur life-threatening landslides.

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Schoolteacher Leslie Ochoa said she and her family loaded up 10 adults, 5 children, 14 goats, 10 dogs, two cats and one guinea pig and evacuated from Jacksonville, North Carolina to Columbia, South Carolina last Tuesday.

In New Bern, Sarah Risty-Davis is one of the residents who opted not to follow a mandatory evacuation order that was issued three days ago. "I'm not sure if it's a shift in the wind or low tide - but the water has miraculously disappeared".

Roads are particularly bad in Pamlico and Craven counties, with major and secondary roads flooded, according to Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon.

She estimated 441,000 people have already evacuated because of the storm.

'All roads in the state right now are at risk of floods, ' he said.

The storm surge that has hit New Bern is "approximately 2 feet higher" now than it was during Hurricane Irene seven years ago, the National Weather Service office in Morehead City says.

At the Wilmington airport, the wind was measured at 105 miles per hour - the highest since 1958, Cooper said.

Mangkhut made landfall Friday on the northeastern tip of Luzon island in the Philippines with top-of-the-scale Category 5 winds of 165 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center described Florence's path as a wobble around southeastern North Carolina.

"A USGS gauge in Emerald Isle, N.C., recently recorded 6.1 feet above normal water levels", the National Hurricane Center said of the storm surge early Friday. Some other parts of North Carolina South Carolina will be left with up to 20 inches of rain.

Numerous locations have reported having over 20 inches of rainfall so far, with more expected over the next few days.

"This storm has been hovering over us for a while, and we expect it to continue to hover over us", she told the newspaper.

Also of concern is the sprawling Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia and Marine Corps bases at Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point in North Carolina and at Parris Island in SC. The marina leading to Wrightsville Beach had also risen significantly and flooded most of the parking lots, docks and roadways nearby. That advisory came out on August 30, when Florence was developing near the Cabo Verde Islands across the Atlantic. Hurricanes and typhoons are the same type of storm; both are tropical cyclones, but those that occur in the Pacific west of the International Date Line are called typhoons.

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