Devastation in North Carolina as Florence trenches the state with more downpours. By Sunday night the storm had taken more lives as it damaged to tens of thousands of homes and was threatening more destruction as rivers filled to bursting. The US Coast Guard ran a rescue airlift outside Wilmington, which has been cut off by flooding.
At a trailer park in Jacksonville on the coast, residents struggle to take in the damage.>> It's sad, cuz we've lived here for so long. It's sad that it's gone, but->> Yeah, we got to start over and->> Yeah, tragic, so I don't really know.>> Yeah, it's tragic.
>> For some, the worst is yet to come. Governor Roy Cooper told a press conference on Sunday that Florence has never been more dangerous than it is now.>> Flood waters are still raging across parts of our state, and the risk to life is rising with the angry waters.
The strongest storm bands are dumping two to three inches of rain per hour.>> The National Weather Service says that some rivers in North Carolina are not expected to crest until Monday or Tuesday. More than 900 people have been rescued from rising flood waters there, 15,000 in shelters across the state.
With a gloomy forecast ahead that some people tried to get a head start on the massive job of cleaning up, while others stood in long lines for a chance to buy gasoline. Meanwhile, in South Carolina, Governor Henry McMaster, urged anyone living in flood-prone areas to evacuate.>> Those rivers in North Carolina that has received heavy rainfall are coming our way and the question is how high will the water be and we do not know.
>> Florence has been downgraded to a tropical depression and is moving north at only ten miles an hour.