Michael Jordan donates $2M for hurricane relief in NC

Aerial view of flooding in Conway South Carolina

The forecast for Florence has not changed, unfortunately: It's still raining, and rivers are still rising.

Florence dropped the most rain over Elizabethtown, about 55 miles (90 kilometers) from the coast. "Please don't make yourself someone who needs to be rescued", he said even as rains stopped in several places after Florence moved on and the tired residents got a brief glimpse of sunshine on Monday.

In Jones County, where Pollocksville is located, record flooding from Hurricane Florence has occured.

"We are going to have to be smart about recovery and long-range planning". A few hours later, Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm.

"Significant river flooding is expected to continue in the Carolinas over the next week and flood warnings remain in effect across the region", the Department of Energy said Tuesday. More than 300 businesses were damaged, and 455 people needed rescuing from the swirling flood waters strong enough to toss unmoored boats into backyards.

The Cape Fear River was expected to crest at 61.5 feet (19 meters), quadrupling its normal height, on Wednesday in Fayetteville, a city of 200,000 in the southern part of the state near the Fort Bragg army base, according to the National Weather Service. Residents of inland communities who thought they were safe from the storm have to find high ground because of expected flooding.

As of Monday afternoon, there have been 62 people, two dogs and two cats rescued throughout the county.

Civil Air patrol members handing a case of water to a citizen

More than 5 million gallons of partially treated sewage spilled into the Cape Fear River after power went out at a treatment plant, officials said, and the earthen dam of a pond holding hog waste was breached, spilling its contents.

Parts of two major interstate highways were still under water Tuesday.

The storm has pummeled North Carolina, leaving people stranded at home, blocked from traveling, sweltering as they wait for the power to come on and the water to recede. Residents in the nearby town of Conway worry that's going to send water from the rising Waccamaw River to flood their homes instead.

Experts say people likely got complacent about Florence because of a scale that only categorizes hurricanes by wind strength.

CEO Walt Ehmer says the restaurant chain that's famous for staying open in spite of natural disasters is sending workers and food into Wilmington, North Carolina, which was cut off by Florence's floodwaters.

Food, water, and gasoline are still in short supply for residents who remained.

The remainder of the deaths have resulted from drownings, electrocutions, carbon monoxide poisoning, and falling trees, such as the deaths of a mother and her infant, who were killed after a tree fell on their North Carolina home.

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State Transportation Department Secretary Christy Hall said Thursday that an estimated 421,000 residents had left the coast. More than 60 people had to be rescued in another town as a cinderblock motel collapsed at the height of the storm's fury.

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