Tropical Storm Florence on Saturday continued its slow-moving path across SC, dumping heavy rain that caused catastrophic flooding in the state and in North Carolina.
Excessive rainfall will contribute to more catastrophic flooding across southeastern and south-central North Carolina and into northeastern SC this weekend.
Three more people died in Duplin County, NC, due to flash flooding, according to a post on the sheriff department's Facebook page.
- A 3-month-old baby who died after a tree fell on a mobile home in Dallas, North Carolina.
Florence is located about 155 miles (250 kilometers) east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, packing maximum sustained winds of 100 mph (155 km/h), the Miami-based weather forecaster said.
Fayetteville's city officials, meanwhile, got help from the Nebraska Task Force One search and rescue team to evacuate some 140 residents of an assisted living facility in Fayetteville to a safer location at a church.
Cooper warned against such behavior as roads become increasingly unsafe.
ALLEN: As waves of rain keep falling, the National Weather Service keeps renewing the flash flood warnings for inland and coastal areas.
Two more people were killed in Lenoir County, NC.
He earlier said the storm system "is unloading epic amounts of rainfall: in some places, measured in feet, not inches". But in North Carolina, where forecasters say the storm might bring the most destructive round of flooding in state history, flood coverage is less common, with only 35 percent of at-risk properties insured. If the river gets higher than 26 feet, "all bets are off", city public works deputy director Corey Walters said. "We can pump 42,000 gallons (159,000 liters) a minute once we have water receded enough".
The doors of many houses suffered so much wind damage they appeared to have been kicked in, while the city's beloved fiber-glass bear statues, which are sponsored by local businesses, were floating down streets.More news: Jaws state suffers first shark attack death for 80 years
Willard said in a statement their bodies were found in a Loris home Saturday afternoon, but they likely died the day before as the heavy rains and winds from former hurricane-turned-Tropical Depression Florence were moving onshore.
Of the 13 victims, nine died on Friday night, while the rest were killed on Saturday, according to the officials.
Volunteer firefighters went door-to-door today across the evacuation zone, urging holdouts, to head out now. The woman called for help, but died of a heart attack because emergency crews were unable to reach her because of trees that had fallen in the road.
"We're just chasing the water", United Cajun Navy President Todd Terrell said Sunday.
Duke Energy said heavy rains caused a slope to collapse at a coal ash landfill at a closed power station outside Wilmington late Saturday, but there was no indication contamination had drained into the nearby Cape Fear River. In past hurricanes, flooding at dozens of farms also left hundreds of thousands of dead hogs, chickens and other decomposing livestock bobbing in floodwaters.
The military announced Saturday it was deploying almost 200 soldiers to assist in storm-related response and recovery efforts, along with 100 trucks and equipment.
About 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians have been deployed with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats.
Florence made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 storm Friday morning.
Hurricane Harvey was the only other hurricane Mr. Buckland experienced during his three years in North Carolina, which he described as "not even close to as bad as this".
There are no coastal watches and warnings in effect, although flash flood warnings are in effect across a large portion of southern and western North Carolina and parts of northeast SC and southwest Virginia.