Florence fast facts
- At least 37 people have died in storm-related incidents -- 27 in North Carolina, 8 in South Carolina and 2 in Virginia
- 343,000 people are without power in North Carolina.
- As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, Florence was a post-tropical cyclone. It was located about 105 miles west-northwest of New York City with maximum sustained winds of 25 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.
- The Cape Fear River is set to crest at 62 feet Tuesday.
- Nearly 36 inches of rain has fallen over Elizabethtown, North Carolina, CBS Raleigh affiliate WNCN-TV reports. Other towns have seen roughly 30 inches since Thursday
2 mental health patients drown in S. Carolina
Authorities confirm two female mental health patients drowned when a van was swept away in rising flood waters in South Carolina. Horry County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Brooke Holden says a sheriff's office van was carrying two patients and two deputies from Conway to Darlington on Tuesday night when it was overtaken by flood waters.
The two victims were originally reported to be prison detainees, but officials have clarified they were patients at nearby mental hospitals.
Officials say the van was traveling near the Little Pee Dee River, one of the bodies of water officials in South Carolina are watching closely as water continues to pour into the state from upriver in North Carolina following the heavy rains of Florence.
Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson confirmed to AP earlier Tuesday that two women died in the incident. Their names have not been released.
Holden says the deputies tried to get the mental health patients out but couldn't open the doors. High-water rescue teams plucked the deputies from the top of the van.
"Tonight's incident is a tragedy. Just like you, we have questions we want answered," Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson said in the written statement. "We are fully cooperating with the State Law Enforcement Division to support their investigation of this event."
Death toll rises to 35
CBS News has confirmed 35 deaths are being attributed to the storm as of Monday evening: Twenty-seven in North Carolina, six in South Carolina and two in Virginia.
Among the dead were Lesha Murphy Johnson, 41, and her 7-month-old son, who died when a tree fell on their house in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Two other children who were killed were Kaiden Lee-Welch, who officials say was was swept away in rushing waters from Richardson Creek in Union County, North Carolina, and Kade Gills, 3 months, who officials said died when a tree fell on a mobile home in Dallas, North Carolina.
Trump to visit North Carolina on Wednesday
President Trump will have a firsthand look at the impact of former Hurricane Florence.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump plans to travel on Wednesday to North Carolina, which bore the brunt of the powerful storm.
Days after the hurricane rolled through, the region is dealing with massive flooding. In Wilmington, North Carolina, residents lined up by the hundreds Tuesday for free food, water and tarps while officials managed to open two routes into the waterlocked city.
Florence is being blamed for at least 34 deaths in three states.
Remnants of the once-powerful Category 4 hurricane are now a rainy, windy mass of low pressure.
1.7 million chickens killed in North Carolina
An estimated 1.7 million chickens were killed during the storm, poultry producer Sanderson Farms said in a statement. The company said 60 of its broiler houses have flooded and another six were damaged and in need of repair.
Sanderson Farms said another 30 farms near Lumberton, North Carolina, were isolated by floodwaters and they are unable to reach them with feed trucks.
Joe Sanderson, Jr., the company's chairman and CEO, said no employees or contractors were killed or seriously injured in the storm.
West Virginia avoids brunt of the storm
Worried residents in West Virginia got a reprieve when predictions of possible devastation didn't come to fruition from the remnants of Hurricane Florence. Before the storm made landfall last week, forecasters said it could result in "life-threatening, catastrophic flooding rainfall" across the mountains of western North Carolina, western Virginia and eastern West Virginia.
Instead, the storm brought 1 to 2 inches of rain in much of West Virginia before moving out early Tuesday. The state is still recovering from June 2016 floods that killed 23 people statewide.
The Greenbrier County community of Rainelle had braced for the worst from Florence, even moving its fleet of trucks to higher ground in anticipation of the storm.
Operation BBQ Relief brings hot meals to N.C.
Operation BBQ Relief, a Missouri-based organization, is bringing a traditional North Carolina staple to areas trying to recover from the former Hurricane Florence. The company said it has deployed its group of barbecue enthusiasts to Wilmington and Fayetteville to support recovery efforts by providing hot meals to displaced residents and first responders.
The organization said the Wilmington and Fayetteville deployment locations are capable of producing up to 50,000 meals per day.
The organization was established in 2011 following a devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri. Since then, the organization has deployed to disasters including South Carolina flooding in 2016 and Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
Michael Jordan donating $2 million to hurricane relief
NBA legend Michael Jordan, who played high school basketball in Wilmington, North Carolina, is donating $2 million to assist residents of North and South Carolina. The 55-year-old owner of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets is contributing $1 million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation For The Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response Fund, according to a news release issued Tuesday.
In addition, more than 100 members of the Hornets organization will help pack disaster food boxes Friday at Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The disaster food boxes, which provide individual meals, will be shipped to Wilmington, N.C., Fayetteville, N.C., and Myrtle Beach, S.C., and distributed to those who have been directly impacted by the hurricane. The goal is to deliver 5,000 food boxes.
Fanatics, the NBA's merchandising partner, is selling a "Carolina Strong" T-shirt, and will donate 100% of its proceeds to the foundation's fund.
Target also plans to donate up to $1.5 million for hurricane relief efforts. The company said it plans to donate the money to non-profit organizations like Team Rubicon for disaster cleanup and recovery, CBS Greenville affiliate WNCT reports.
N.C. officials say flooding far from over
North Carolina officials say even though the sun is shining in parts of the state, major flooding is continuing in the aftermath of Florence and is expected to worsen in some areas.
Gov. Roy Cooper says 16 rivers are at major flood stage Tuesday with an additional three forecast to peak Wednesday and Thursday. He says he knows for many North Carolinians it feels like "a nightmare that just won't end."
10,000 people in N.C. shelters; tobacco crops damaged
Approximately 10,000 people are staying in shelters in North Carolina and first responders have reported rescuing and evacuating more than 2,200 people, Gov. Roy Cooper said in a news conference Tuesday.
Floodwaters have also damaged farmer's crops at harvest such as cotton and peanuts. He said a quarter to a half of tobacco crops were damaged. Cooper also said there are approximately 343,000 people who are still without power.
Wastewater flows into N.C. river tributary
Heavy rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Florence sent tens of thousands of gallons of untreated wastewater into a tributary of North Carolina's Cape Fear River basin over the weekend.
The City of Greensboro said in a statement Tuesday that about 63,000 gallons of untreated wastewater flowed from a sanitary sewer main for about four hours on Sunday. Officials blame infiltration from heavy rainfall accumulated from Florence.
The untreated wastewater entered North Buffalo, a tributary of the Cape Fear River basin. Officials say the area was cleaned and flushed.
Supplies handouts set for nearly-isolated Wilmington
With one of North Carolina's largest cities, Wilmington, still mostly cut off by floodwaters from what was Hurricane Florence, officials prepared to begin distributing food, water and tarps to residents as yet more people were rescued from submerged inland neighborhoods.
Workers were to begin handing out supplies to stranded residents in the city of 120,000 people Tuesday morning, county officials said.
One road was opened into Wilmington at least briefly, officials said, and items have been brought into the city by big military trucks and helicopters, which also have been used to pluck hundreds of harried people from atop homes and other structures.
The rain finally stopped and the sun peeked through, but North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned that dangerously high water would persist for days. He urged residents who were evacuated from the hardest-hit areas to stay away because of closed roads and catastrophic flooding that submerged entire communities.
Crews have conducted about 700 rescues in New Hanover County, where Wilmington is located. More than 60 percent of homes and businesses were without power, authorities said.
More North Carolina counties have qualified for federal disaster aid for their homeowners, renters and businesses reeling from Hurricane Florence damage. The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced late Monday that 10 additional counties have been designated for individual assistance.
Residents and businesses that have damage should file insurance claims first before applying for government assistance. The aid could include grants or low-interest loans.
The new counties designated Monday were Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Lenoir, Jones, Robeson, Sampson and Wayne counties. Designating the counties also means the federal government can reimburse state and local governments for debris removal and other emergency actions.
"Cajun Navy" volunteers help evacuate North Carolina nursing home residents
A group of volunteers all too familiar with devastating flooding have gone to North Carolina to help in the aftermath of Florence. Cajun Navy Relief and Rescue is a non-profit group of volunteers from across the country. The group was created after flooding hit southern Louisiana in 2016.
CBS News was with the team in Lumberton as they evacuated 40 people from Highland Acres Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Many of the residents were bedridden.
"Yeah, we are risking our lives, but this is worth it," said Chris Russell, one of the volunteers.
It took five hours to rescue the residents and deliver them to area hospitals.
"I think what we were able to accomplish tonight, was to give these people some dignity, holding their hand, asking them if they would like to somebody to pray with them," said Allen Lenard, another volunteer. "As much as I believe were were a blessing to those people, I know as a matter of fact, that they were a blessing to me tonight."
The city has a history of flooding. Two years ago, Hurricane Matthew dumped 20 inches of rain on Lumberton.
Dramatic rescues have become a common sight after storms across the country. Last year, CBS News saw volunteers go out in Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Other "Cajun Navy" volunteers became famous for helping to rescue people trapped by floodwaters in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The makeshift flotilla is credited with rescuing more than 10,000 people from flooded homes and rooftops.
Florence, which made landfall as a hurricane, is blamed for at least 24 deaths. About 500,000 homes and businesses are still without power in North and South Carolina. Since the storm continues to cause heavy rains, flash flooding is still a concern over the Carolinas.
Manure pits at hog farms fail, spill pollution
North Carolina environmental regulators say several open-air manure pits at hog farms have failed and are spilling pollution. Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan said Monday that the earthen dam at one hog lagoon in Duplin County had been breached.
There were also seven reports of lagoon levels going over their tops or being inundated in Jones and Pender counties. Regan said state investigators will visit the sites as conditions allow.
The large pits at hog farms hold feces and urine from the animals to be sprayed on nearby fields.The Associated Press published photos of a hog farm outside Trenton on Sunday where a waste pit was completely submerged under floodwaters. The N.C. Pork Council, an industry trade group, later denied there had been any reports of spills.
Price-gouging complaints hit North Carolina on heels of Florence
North Carolina's top law enforcement official is looking into hundreds of complaints alleging price-gouging in the wake of Hurricane Florence.
Attorney General Josh Stein has received about 500 complaints so far alleging price-gouging for essentials like gas and water, his office said Monday. Most of them were in the eastern part of the state, and investigations of some gas stations have already begun.
About 20 percent of gas stations in the state are without gasoline as of Monday morning, GasBuddy reported, while 10 percent are without power. In South Carolina, 9 percent of stations were without gas. Other stations have extensive lines of cars waiting to fill up, according to reports on social media.
However, Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, said the popular app has not received any reports of gouging. "To date, we have not received a single photo of receipts or signs showing far above average prices," he said.
Preparation for Hurricane Florence drove up gas prices by 5 cents a gallon in South Carolina, 3 cents in North Carolina and 1 cent in Virginia, according to AAA. But they have remained relatively stable, and the statewide prices for South Carolina and Virginia even today put them among the 10 cheapest states for gas.
"The situation will likely take time to improve but the good news is that fuel supply has not stopped flowing," GasBuddy analysts said in a note.
North Carolina governor warns "worst flooding yet" from Florence still to come
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- The city's Cape Fear River is the biggest worry, CBS News correspondent DeMarco Morgan reports. As of Monday, it was up to 54 feet, and is expected to crest at 62 feet Tuesday. Parts of Fayetteville are already underwater, with the worst yet to come.
In the last 36 hours, CBS News has seen hundreds of rescues, evacuations and road closings up and down the swollen Lumber River. Pembroke police rescue commander Matthew Locklear said an ambulance flooded and they had to "evacuate ourselves."
"This a monumental disaster for our state," said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. "In many parts of North Carolina the danger is still immediate."
Florence transitions to a post-tropical cyclone
Forecasters said Florence has transitioned into a post-tropical cyclone that still carries heavy rains and gusty winds. Florence has become an increasingly elongated low-pressure area that's still producing heavy rain over parts of the Mid-Atlantic, according to the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center.
By 5 p.m. Monday, the system had top sustained winds of 25 mph. It was centered about 85 miles west-southwest of Morgantown, West Virginia, and moving east-northeast at 14 mph.
Forecasters said catastrophic flooding continued Monday in the Carolinas, and flash flooding and tornado risks were expected as far north as Pennsylvania.
60 children evacuated from N.C. group home
About 60 children in state custody along the coast of North Carolina have been evacuated to a YMCA conference center in the western mountains.
The Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina chose to evacuate its residential center in Lake Waccamaw on Wednesday. They had hoped to return on Monday, but their facility is about 40 miles west of Wilmington and has been hit with heavy flooding, damaging a few buildings. Vice President Tom Huggins said they hope to return on Thursday.
Chaplin Joe Kennedy said most of the children range in age from 13 to 18.
He says most of the children are from the flat, coastal regions of North Carolina and had never seen mountains before. A few of them went on hikes and have helped clean the trails of debris from the storm.
S.C. governor watches rescue mission
A mission to observe flooding in northeastern South Carolina has turned into a rescue mission after Gov. Henry McMaster spotted a pair stranded on a flooded vehicle.
McMaster was touring portions of Chesterfield County in a National Guard helicopter on Monday when he spotted two people lying down on a vehicle nearly completely submerged in rushing flood waters. Sheriff Jay Brooks radioed to the ground to dispatch a rescue crew.
A few moments later, McMaster asked Guardsmen to land the chopper to observe the rescue. On the ground, he watched as the two people safely got into a rescue boat and flashed him a thumbs up.
McMaster says officials in this area have told him local water sources in this area are nearly 10 inches (25 centimeters) higher than normal. Officials expect as much as a foot more as river basins absorb more water flowing into the state from North Carolina following Florence's torrential rains.
2nd tornado touches down in Virginia
A tornado has touched down just outside of Richmond, Virginia -- at least the second tornado to hit the state as the remnants of Hurricane Florence passes through. The National Weather Service tweeted that a confirmed tornado was on the ground in Chesterfield County Monday afternoon. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The county school system said all students in county schools were sheltered in place.
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management said earlier that a tornado damaged three properties in Mecklenburg County, which is near the border with North Carolina.
Large swaths of the state have been under flash-flood and tornado watches and warnings as Florence moves north through the state.
Official warn drivers not to use navigation apps
Navigation apps like Waze are trying to help motorists avoid hurricane flooding, but local authorities say people shouldn't rely on them. Some smartphone map directions in recent days have sent people in North Carolina onto flooded roads and others closed to traffic.
Google-owned Waze said Monday it's worked with local governments and its own community of volunteer map editors to mark closures of more than 1,300 roads in North Carolina and hundreds more in South Carolina and Virginia.
But the North Carolina Department of Transportation warned in a Twitter post on Sunday night that Waze and other travel apps are unable to keep up with the Florence-caused road closings.The agency says "it is not safe now to trust them with your life."
Firm says Florence has caused billions in damage
An economic consulting firm says Hurricane Florence may result in between $17 billion and $22 billion in lost economic output and property damage. That would put Florence in the Top 10 of costliest hurricanes to hit the U.S.
Economists at Moody's Analytics caution that this estimate could be revised significantly higher as more information comes in on the extent of inland flooding.
The consulting firm says it is putting property losses at between $16 billion and $20 billion and lost economic output at between $1 billion and $2 billion. The total cost of hurricanes has been rising because of increased construction in coastal areas and more severe flooding associated with rising sea levels.
Trump says officials won't rest until "job is done"
President Trump says his administration "will not rest" until the "job is done" in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Mr. Trump is offering his thoughts to the people of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and everyone else who has been affected by the storm.
Speaking to reporters at the White House, Mr. Trump said 20,000 federal personnel have been deployed. He said they are "putting their lives on the line."
Florence is being blamed for at least 20 deaths in North Carolina and South Carolina. The storm has left about 500,000 customers without power, most of them in North Carolina.
N.C. school systems apologize for scheduling classes
Two North Carolina school systems are apologizing for scheduling classes after flooding made some roads impassable and one school was caught in a ditch near a flooded road. The Durham County and Orange County school systems issued the apology Monday, the News & Observer reports.
In Durham County, school officials said that while they made the best decision they could, they were sorry for "the difficulties that came from our decision to open school."
Orange County Schools also apologized on its Facebook page after students were forced to wait for the bus in the rain, standing beside flooded roads. The statement said officials tried to make a decision to keep schools open using the best information it had at the time. "We got it wrong, and we apologize for that."
Parents voiced their concerns on social media, spurred by a video which showed a bus plowing through floodwaters. Emergency officials were dispatched after a report that a school bus headed to an elementary school was caught on a flooded road in Durham.
Orange County school officials said they are investigating social media video that showed one of its school buses driving through a flooded area, CBS Raleigh affiliate WNCN reports. "That is our bus, and we are investigating the matter," said Seth Stephens, an Orange County Schools spokesman.
It is unclear if there were students on the bus at the time.
Waffle House sending in reinforcements
Workers with the restaurant chain Waffle House are being brought in from around the country to help keep the company's locations up and running in areas affected by Florence. Waffle House CEO Walt Ehmer was picking up a team at the Wilmington, North Carolina, airport on Monday.
About 150 workers were brought in Monday as part of the company's emergency response team, Ehmer t0ld the Associated Press. He said it's part of the company's culture to never close. The extra hands were partly needed because some local workers had to evacuate.
The chain is so well known for staying open no matter what that former Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator Craig Fugate created the so-called "Waffle House Index." Fugate used the restaurants as a benchmark for how quickly local communities could rebound from hurricanes. Under the index, a closed Waffle House was a bad sign.
Ehmer said Waffle House is having to fly some food into Wilmington, which has been cut off from road access by Florence's floodwaters.
Suspected tornado damages 2 North Carolina homes
Two homes in North Carolina were slightly damaged by a suspected tornado, authorities said Monday.
Wayne County spokesman Joel Gillie said the tornado landed early Monday near Pikeville, about 10 miles north of Goldsboro.
Gillie says no one was hurt, but the powerful winds spinning off the remnants of Florence caused major damage to the roof of one home.
1-year-old boy swept away by floodwaters in N.C.
Authorities have recovered the body of a 1-year-old who was swept away by Florence's floodwaters in Union County, North Carolina.
The county sheriff's office said a woman and her child were on their way to visit relatives when she drove past barricades on highway 218 in northern Union County. The woman later told authorities someone had pushed the barricades to the side, making her think it was alright to go through.
The woman's car was swept off the road by the floodwaters, pinning it against a group of trees. She was able to free 1-year-old Kaiden Lee-Welch from his car seat and escape. But the waters were deep, and police said the woman lost her grip and her son was swept away.
Driver underestimates flooded street, gets stuck
Right behind a live camera position for CBS News' Mola Lenghi, a CBS News camera caught a man driving a sedan into high flood waters in North Carolina. The car appears to get stuck and he quickly escapes.
Footage shows the man climbing out of the window of his vehicle, perches on the hood for a moment, then slides into the water.
"I was coming through the intersection, crossing the street and I ran right into it," Doug Nickerson told CBS News. "I didn't see what was ahead of me at all ... it was just completely dark. As soon as I hit the water I thought I could get out of it, but it was impossible."
Rumors of dam overflow denied
Officials in Hope Mills, N.C. said Sunday night the town's dam hasn't failed, despite rumors that it had been breached by Florence-related floodwaters, reports CBS Raleigh affiliate WNCN-TV.
Hope Mills officials said they'd asked people downstream to leave the area as a precaution, but insisted the dam hadn't failed.
Dams in the area were lost in 2003 and 2010.
Hope Mills officials said they lowered the water level to 96 feet before Hurricane Florence hit.
After heavy rain from Florence, the water level rose to 105 feet. The dam releases water into Rock Fish Creek.
Many people visited the dam on Sunday to take photos of the high water levels and water rushing from the dam.The current dam opened in January, Hope Mills officials say.
Infant dies when tree crashes into N.C. home
Reporter Dedrick Russell of CBS affiliate WBTV in North Carolina shared a picture online that shows the devastating destruction in the wake of Florence.
He cited neighbors who said that a "tree crashed into home ... parents were in the living room with infant -- father rushed out while mother was trapped -- mother delivered baby through window to get baby help."
The baby later died at the hospital.
Floodwater up to doorsteps in Bennettsville, S.C.
Floodwaters from Florence are lapping at doorsteps of some homes in the town of Bennettsville, South Carolina, where firefighters used an inflatable boat to get some residents to dry ground.
Heavy rain from the remnants of Hurricane Florence caused the street to flood Sunday on Talon Drive where Mildred Smith lives across the street from her niece, Jovanaka Smith.
Water had seeped to their front porches Sunday afternoon when firefighters came to the neighborhood, wading door-to-door through ankle-deep water and asking residents to leave.
The Smiths packed some spare clothes and medications before getting into a rescue boat. They didn't have to go far. Firefighters dropped them off at the neighboring home of a relative that remained on dry ground.
Duke Energy says coal ash spill "ongoing situation"
Duke Energy says the collapse of a coal ash landfill at a closed power station near the North Carolina coast is an "ongoing situation," with an unknown amount of potentially contaminated stormwater flowing into a nearby lake.
Duke spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said Sunday that a full assessment of how much ash escaped at the Sutton Power Station outside Wilmington can't occur until it stops raining. She said there was no indication that contamination from Sutton Lake drained into the nearby Cape Fear River.
The company initially estimated on Saturday that about 2,000 cubic yards of ash were displaced at the landfill, which is enough to fill about 180 dump trucks. Sheehan said that estimate could be revised after a further examination of conditions at the site.
NFL to donate $1 million to Florence relief efforts
The NFL Foundation will contribute $1 million in Florence relief efforts, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Sunday. The donation will be sent to organizations that will address "the immediate needs of those impacted" by the storm in North and South Carolina.
"The NFL family sends its support to the individuals, families and communities affected by Hurricane Florence," Goodell said in a statement. "As communities in and around the Carolinas recover and rebuild, we hope these funds will provide some measure of relief in the days, weeks and months ahead."
The NFL encouraged fans to text "FLORENCE" to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross for relief efforts.
Volunteers evacuate residents in Jacksonville, N.C.
Despite a mandatory evacuation and a power outage, many in Jacksonville, North Carolina, insisted on staying. They ended up becoming witnesses of devastating floods.
"We've never seen this before -- never, never, never, not like this," one resident said.
Florence continues to bring devastation, but not despair. From this city and beyond, people are arriving to help the stranded. Volunteers included off-duty military from nearby Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
Staff Sgt. Marines Brian Griswold and Neil LaPon hauled their own hunting boat to the floods. Cali Sterling, the fiance of a marine, joined them. "What does it look like back there?" CBS News asked.
"It's pretty deep, it's scary," Sterling said. "There's cars already going under. There's people freaking out."
About 900 residents have been rescued throughout North Carolina, said Bill Holmes, a spokesman with the North Carolina Joint Information Center.
Fayetteville's "Rude Awakening index"
Some officials rely on the "Waffle House index" to determine how serious a storm is. If the Waffle House is closed, the storm is really, really bad. In Fayetteville, North Carolina, it's the "Rude Awakening index."
Bruce Arnold owns the downtown coffee shop by that name that has been in business in the city for 20 years.
Arnold said the shop only shuts down if it loses power, which it did in 2016 during Hurricane Matthew.
But as of Sunday afternoon, the shop still had its lights on and was open for business -- even as others nearby were boarded up and had sandbags piled in front of their doors.
Meanwhile, long lines were forming at gas stations Sunday as a persistent rain fell. Many of the city's stations are out of fuel. Debbie Randolph says she and her husband called one station that said they had 5,000 gallons -- and 60 people waiting to fill up.
Officials order evacuations in Hope Hills
The mayor of a Fayetteville, North Carolina, suburb says about 100 people in her community have been urged to evacuate to higher ground over flooding concerns. Hope Mills Mayor Jackie Warner said Sunday morning that the warning went out to neighborhoods around Hope Mills Lake because the water there is expected to rise significantly.
She said fire and police officials were going door to door in the affected neighborhoods Sunday morning to make sure people are aware.
Warner said a complete dam failure is not expected. So far, she says the lake hasn't overflowed its banks.
90 rescued from waters in North Carolina county
About 90 people have been rescued from high waters due to flooding, Columbus County Manager Mike Stephens said Sunday.
Stephens said rivers and streams have been rising due to large amounts of rain from Florence and power is out in a large swath of the county. Stephens says the county's secondary roads are "almost impassable" and water is covering part of one main highway, U.S. 74.
Stephens said some of the people were rescued from vehicles that ran into deep water. There have been no reports of injuries or fatalities in Columbus County from the storm, he said.