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Tropical Storm Florence yesterday trudged inland, flooding rivers and towns, toppling trees and cutting power to almost a million homes and businesses as it dumped huge amounts of rain on North and SC, causing five deaths.

The Cape Fear River near Fayetteville is projected to rise nearly 45 feet (14 metres) to 62 feet (19 metres) by Tuesday.

Numerous state highways leading out of town were also disappearing under water.

The operations were made more perilous by fallen trees and power lines; officials didn't expect power to be restored for weeks.

About 1.7 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders, and millions of others live in areas likely to be affected by the storm.

Bergaw Mayor Pete Cowan warned that the local hospital was not accessible; it had already been evacuated. "I think we're OK".

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division called the insurance rumor "FALSE" over social media, saying that the claim had spread to SC residents.

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The centre said the storm would dump as much as 40 inches (102 cm) of rain along coastal areas of the Carolinas, as well as up to 10 inches in southwestern Virginia.

Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a tropical storm but flooding and heavy rain are still a danger to residents of the Carolinas, weather officials say.

In New Bern, North Carolina, one of the cities hardest-hit by the storm that made landfall Friday as a Category 1 hurricane, a beloved bear statue and its thick pedestal were uprooted and washed away. These areas will see 3 to 6 inches of rainfall, with isolated cases of 8 inches.

Death toll rises to 11 as Florence pours on the rain
On the other side of the world, meanwhile, more than a dozen people have died as Typhoon Mangkhut rips through the Philippines . With half of the storm still out over the Atlantic, Florence continued to collect warm ocean water and dump it on land.

The guard has mobilized over 100 members and 35 shallow-water rescue boat teams.

The storm is moving at just 3 miles per hour (5 kph), according to the National Hurricane Center.

"It's the first time we've ever had to move anything like this", Rose said. "But we're still in the throes of it".

Rivers are rising on the north side of Hurricane Florence as the storm swirls counter-clockwise, pushing a surge of ocean water far in from the coast.

"I can not overstate it: Floodwaters are rising, and if you aren't watching for them, you are risking your life", Governor Roy Cooper said. This system is unloading epic amounts of rainfall: "in some places, measured in feet, not inches".

Not everyone was taking Florence too seriously: About two dozen locals gathered Thursday night behind the boarded-up windows of The Barbary Coast bar as Florence blew into Wilmington. "If the river rises to the level they say it's going to, then this warehouse is going to be under water", he said.

"If it goes up to my front step, I have to get out", Quinton Washington said.

Under a vehicle port on Route 117 South in Burgaw, Kevin Everett's family cooked pancakes and bacon on a charcoal grill. And even if their homes survived intact, hundreds of thousands of utility customers who lack power have limited food options. "If not we'd be stuck upstairs for the next. how long?"

In other parts of the state, those who chose to stay behind and ride out the storm needed rescuing as the storm stalled. The Cajun Navy, a Louisiana-based group of private boat owners whose role proved pivotal in Texas during Hurricane Harvey, had rescued more than 150 people by Friday alone.

"With a storm like this, you have communities that are faced not only with the devastation that a storm like this will leave behind, but the environmental injustices that may have already been existing in those communities", Glover said.

Cozine packed his belongings and went up the street to a relative's house, but said if the water continues rising at the current rate, they will have to evacuate. One was electrocuted while hooking up a generator and the other while checking on his dogs outside, emergency officials said.

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