Florence lumbers inland, leaving five dead, communities flooded - International

Rescue workers carry a man to safety in River Bend New York

Rescue workers carry a man to safety in River Bend New York

"You rock! We couldn't have done it without you!" the city tweeted on Saturday.

THESE shocking pictures show the true extent of Hurricane Florence - a powerful storm dubbed a "1,000 year event". And that's when people found themselves trapped in their homes as the water rose.

Hundreds of residents were rescued on Friday, and the city was placed under a 24-hour curfew until further notice. "We are trying our best to make sure we can contain that as much as possible". "We're going to get through this".

Extensive power outages were being reported throughout the state, including around 1,000 outages in the Midlands as of around 11 a.m., according to SCE&G.

Sixty-seven-year-old Sadie Marie Holt was among those rescued Friday. Local media said she suffered a heart attack. She tried to row out of her neighborhood Thursday night with a boat that was in her yard after her home began to flood, but had to retreat because of the poor conditions.

Strong winds have got nothing on this tough guy. "We just know we're getting out of here". "Houses. Trees", Holt said.

Thousands of the 20,000 people staying in more than 150 shelters this weekend and others waiting it out elsewhere won't be able to return to their homes for good any time soon. Based mostly fully mostly on the National Typhoon Heart, the storm will dash by upstate SC, be downgraded to a tropical depression, then turn north toward the Ohio Valley. That should spell some relief for the inundated areas of Onslow County, but unfortunately puts the city of Wilmington, southeast coastal communities of North Carolina and northeast areas of SC in the line of fire instead.

"In general, prison systems and [South Carolina] in particular and [Lousiana] and others view prisoners as an expendable population and don't take the safety of them seriously or put a lot of stock in them", Wright said.

"I can not overstate it: Floodwaters are rising, and if you aren't watching for them, you are risking your life", Gov. Roy Cooper said.

Roughly 1.5 million people were ordered to evacuate in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia ahead of the storm, and authorities are warning those who left not to come back until the danger has passed.

Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order lifting evacuation orders for Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester and the Edisto Beach area of Colleton County effective at noon Saturday.

Annazette Riley-Cromartie said she and her family thought they'd be safe in their brick house in eastern North Carolina. By midnight, his rain gauge showed that he'd gotten 9 inches (23 centimeters) of rain since midafternoon.

Hennessy-Fiske reported from Conway, S.C., Megerian from New Bern, N.C., and Jarvie from Fayetteville, N.C. "These were waves crashing down".

The 400-mile-wide Florence pounded away at the coast with torrential downpours and surging seas, rescue crews used boats to reach scores of people besieged by rising water along a river. Flood stage is 18 feet. The downtown area was underwater. Nonetheless the water stored rising.

Some parts of North Carolina have already seen surges as high as 10ft in places.

According to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski: "Strength, track and forward speed of Florence will be the major players in determining the scope and amount of rainfall and correspondingly the severity of inland flooding".

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