Florence remains deadly, even as a tropical depression

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The storm surges of Friday and Saturday as Florence made landfall in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, saw coastal flooding and the Cape Fear River reverse course and flow inland instead of to the Atlantic Ocean.

According to Poweroutages.us at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, 660,600 of 4.5 million customers in North Carolina and 43,737 out of 2.3 million in SC were without electricity.

A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina, sending the child's father to the hospital. When emergency responders tried to reach her, their path was blocked by fallen trees.

Long, a Trump appointee who assumed office in June 2017, did not condemn the president's outlandish accusation when asked by Todd if he believes the numerous studies estimating several thousand people died because of Hurricane Maria's devastation were an effort to hurt Trump's reputation. Gusts reached over 100 miles per hour - the highest recorded in North Carolina since 1958. "We knew this was going to be a big storm, but it is going to be of epic proportions", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference in Raleigh.

"Remember: Most storm deaths occur from drowning in fresh water, often in cars", he said. It hit the coast as a Category 1 storm with 90 miles per hour maximum sustained winds, the NWS said.

Catastrophic flash floods and prolonged significant river flooding are likely over for portions of the Carolinas into west-central Virginia and far eastern West Virginia as Florence moves slowly inland, the hurricane center said. On the forecast track, Florence's center Sunday will move across the western Carolinas and and then recurve over the Ohio Valley and Northeast United States on Monday and Tuesday.

In total, more than 450,000 Duke Energy customers across North and SC had lost power Sunday morning, the Charlotte-based utility said.

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Super Typhoon Mangkhut was expected to hit an area in the Philippines on Saturday that would affect 5.2 million people. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.

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Earlier Sunday, officials from the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority had said they were nearly out of fuel for the water plant and might have to shut down.

Calls for help multiplied as the wind picked up and the tide rolled in. "These are folks who made a decision to stay and ride out the storm for whatever reason, despite having a mandatory evacuation", city public information officer Colleen Roberts said.

"It will not stop, this weather event of Florence", Begnaud said.

In Jacksonville, a relentless band of heavy rain gutted buildings, drenched streets and left wildlife to battle the rising waters.

North and SC have so far experienced the worst of Florence's slow-crawling path of destruction, where the storm has been responsible for a total of 13 deaths, according to local media. CORRECTING TYPO IN CITY NAME People wait to be rescued by members of the U.S. Army during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern, North Carolina, U.S., September 14, 2018. Numerous evacuees took their pets. Trump planned a visit to the region next week.

As it made landfall on the USA southeast coast on Friday, Florence buckled buildings, flooded entire communities and left more than 900,000 homes and businesses without power.

Additionally, a few tornadoes "remain possible" Sunday and Monday across North Carolina and eastern SC.

The dolphins were spotted near the docks of the North Carolinians city, their fins briefly peaking out of the water before disappearing underneath. Super Typhoon Mangkhut was expected to hit an area in the Philippines on Saturday that would affect 5.2 million people.

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