How to help those affected by Hurricane Florence

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After tearing through the Carolinas for several days, Hurricane Florence severely damaged tens of thousands of homes, killed over a dozen people, left almost a million households without power, and unleashed thousands of cubic yards of toxic coal ash-and authorities are warning that the worst flooding from the storm is yet to come.

"Any direction you try coming into the city, from 20 to 40 miles out, roads are impassable", Mayor Bill Saffo said.

Cooper joined city and county officials as well as N.C. Rep. Michael Speciale (R-Craven) as they toured New Bern's Riverside and Woodrow districts before stopping by to greet relief volunteers and members of the National Guard at Temple Baptist Church.

The Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina chose to evacuate its residential center in Lake Waccamaw on Wednesday.

At least 500,000 customers are without power across the Carolinas.

"What we have to focus on are there any dams that are going potentially going to break".

Preliminary statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed Florence had the fourth-highest rainfall total of any hurricane to hit the USA mainland since 1950, with 35.94 inches (91.2 centimetres) at Elizabethtown, North Carolina. Vice President Tom Huggins said they hope to return on Thursday.

"We got them out, but by the time we left, the water was so high that they would have drowned".

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A cross is seen in flood water at a cemetary in Grifton, North Carolina on September 16, 2018. Lamb's husband, 4-year-old daughter and pug dog were waiting for a second boat to rescue them from the home of Lamb's parents. In Wilmington, a mother and child were killed Friday when a tree fell onto their home, according to a tweet by the Wilmington police.

- A woman in SC died after striking a downed tree while she was driving.

In Virginia, near state capital Richmond, emergency services said one man died after a building collapsed during severe weather, though it was not clear if that death was directly linked to Florence.

- A woman went into cardiac arrest in Hampstead, in North Carolina's Pender County. Southbound I-95 lanes also were closed between Exits 81 and 65 in North Carolina. Some areas have received over 30 inches of rain.

Florence is now a tropical depression and on its way north through Virginia, Pennsylvania, New England and Nova Scotia. It was moving north at 13 miles per hour, whipping up 30-mph winds.

Flooding and downed trees from Hurricane Florence are blocking dozens of roads in and around Wilmington Monday, leaving the city largely cut off from the rest of the state.

Meanwhile, as the storm moves off to the west, inland residents are not out of the woods just yet.

By Tuesday, Guy said, "the remnants of Florence will be pushed towards the Northeast, where areas from northern Pennsylvania through central NY towards Boston could pick up some heavy rain".

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