rricane Florence downgraded to a tropical storm Sunday. But authorities warn, the worst is yet to come. The system expected to keep bringing record rain and deadly flooding to much of the Carolinas. FEMA chief Brock Long telling CBS that residents who fail to follow local advisories could suffer catastrophic consequences.
>> Now it's turning into a flood event. And the flood event, you know, people fail to heed warnings and get out. Or they get into the flood waters trying to escape their home and that's where you start to see deaths escalate.>> The storm causing at least eight deaths in the Carolinas.
Fears of tap water contamination, landslides, tornadoes, and flash floods remain, with dams and bridges in peril as rivers and creeks swell.>> This is terrible. This is the worst one I ever seen. I'm scared. I was very scared.>> 82-year-old Wilmington, North Carolina resident, Evan Vincent, one of the lucky ones.
Her trailer park home intact and children safe. Daughter, Michelle, who works at McDonald's, also making the best of the situation despite being unable to get to work in a week.>> My cheque ain't gonna be worth darn next week, so I don't know what I'm gonna do.>> More than 800,000 homes and businesses without power in the Carolinas, Florence has already set a North Carolina record for rainfall.
Exceeding that of 1999's deadly hurricane, Floyd, Florence's wrath reaching as far inland as Charlotte. President Trump is expected to visit the ravaged region this week.