>> After smashing into the North Carolina Coast, Tropical Storm Florence lumbered inland on Saturday, dumping sheets of rain, setting up deadly floods across the region.>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Columbia, South Carolina, where Florence is just now making her presence felt. Trudging across the region at two miles an hour, slower than a person can walk.
It's been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm at this point. And that means the winds are less of a threat than they were before. But this rain is not expected to let up for several days, leaving a good portion of two states under water.>> Several people have died so far in this storm, some 10 million at risk.
Nearly 1 million without power. Many rivers in North Carolina already at flood stage and rising fast. Along the coast, rescuers search for those trapped in their houses. Police guarding against looters in empty neighborhoods. Authorities warning of landslides, bridges and dams at risk. Telling people to stay indoors, keep off the roads, and out of the water.
>> These cruel flood waters are life threatening and destructive. I'm here with an urgent travel warning. Stay off the roads in most parts of the state of North Carolina.>> Leslie Ochoa loaded up 10 adults, 5 children, 14 goats, 10 dogs, and 1 guinea pig and evacuated from Jacksonville, North Carolina last Tuesday.
She might not be able to return until the middle of next week.>> I don't think that we're gonna be able to get back because of the flooding. In all, all the highways. They have all the major roads around there are flooded. And there's a lot of trees and power lines that are down.
Which, they don't want people on the roads, because then they're gonna get electrocuted, so. And our friend, behind our old house, they have gators swimming in the water. So yeah, not safe.>> Those who stayed behind face a different set of problems. Gas stations running out of fuel, restaurants and supermarkets closed, and the waters continuing to rise.
Their troubles likely just beginning.