Hurricane Florence: Death toll mounts to 14

People wait for the Piggly Wiggly grocery store to open after Hurricane Florence hit Richlands N.C.,Sunday Sept. 16 2018.					Tom Copeland  AP

More and more inland counties are issuing mandatory evacuations to get people to safety quickly'.

"There's mud all over the floor and the wood floors have buckled", she said, adding they planned to return to her brother's house because of the musty smell that pervades their home.

"We've probably got 15,000 gallons of water".

More than 30 inches of rain pounded on North Carolina, which is a record, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm has set tropical rainfall records for both South and North Carolina. Thursday, a CNN team in the area watched as the water spilled over the edge of the river and flooded Union Point Park in a matter of hours.

Videos and photos posted to social media depicting completely flooded freeways, homes half underwater, and buildings destroyed provide a glimpse of the enormous scale of the devastation Florence has wrought across the Carolinas. And officials did not say when other roads might be clear.

Addressing the city's electrical system, Stephens said all of the city of New Bern's 22,300 customers had lost power during the storm.

Roberts said rescuers were facing very challenging conditions, but assured residents help was on the way. "And that's where you start to see deaths escalate", Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told US television networks. "Again, we're having to be strategic about it".

Storm surges - the bulge of ocean water pushed ashore by the hurricane - were as high as 10 feet. "Thus far we have no known fatalities as a result of the impact of the storm", said Stephens.

Among those volunteers was the Cajun Navy, a volunteer rescue organization formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. About 14,000 people are in shelters, officials said. He brought with him a military transport vehicle that he bought at a government auction 10 years ago.

The organization is collecting a wide range of items including canned goods, personal hygiene items, bottled water, pet supplies, first aid supplies, sheets, sleeping bags, tents, diapers, paper towels, plates and cups.

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Some of them had stood in people's gardens for decades.

That is the way they talk about the storms that have been and gone, like old house guests.

One family riding out the storm in a cluster of homes on the outskirts of Lumberton was content to leave their fate in God's hands.

"We're not going to move until this thing's over". Shower activity will wrap up by around 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Nearby Pender County, north of Wilmington, also is running out of fuel, Commissioner Jackie Newton said.

"The building has been evacuated", meteorologist Donnie Cox told viewers on air. Near the community of Wards Corner in that county, United States 421 was a virtual lake, with waters lapping up to homes on either side, video from a CNN crew showed. "You can't see the parking lot anymore, just". "But yes, we have to continue to make sure the money is there when we need it".

Ariel Heath broadcast on Facebook Live to share footage of the situation in the small town of James City, just south of New Bern.

- A woman in SC died after striking a downed tree while she was driving. A short distance away an overturned trailer could be seen.

Oil had mixed with the floodwater, Heath said, and she described an overwhelming scent of gasoline as she ventured downstairs. A total of 350,000 meals had also been promised through the Food For Life Program, she said.

The odor soon became so strong it forced her back upstairs to continue filming. Utilities said some outages could last for weeks. "The water has gone down quite a bit".

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