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(CNN)Tropical Storm Florence’s relentless rain is flooding parts of the Carolinas and promises even more for days, officials said Saturday, a day after it landed as a hurricane and left at least six people dead — including a baby.
“The flood danger from this storm is more immediate today than when it … made landfall 24 hours ago,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Saturday morning. “We face walls of water at our coasts, along our rivers, across our farmland, in our cities and in our towns.”The storm’s center is crawling over South Carolina, but many of its main rain bands still are over already-saturated North Carolina — setting up what may be days of flooding for some communities.How to help those impacted by Hurricane FlorenceSerious flooding is expected throughout the two states — and some rivers may not crest for another three to five days.Florence crashed ashore Friday morning in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane, and it has wiped out power to about 964,000 customers in that state and South Carolina. Read MoreIt has trapped people in flooded homes as citizen swift-water rescue teams from out of state join local emergency professionals around the clock to try and bring them to safety. Key developments• Florence’s location: By 2 p.m. Saturday, Florence’s center was 50 miles west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. It was moving west at 3 mph, the National Weather Service said. The storm will dump rain in the Carolinas through the weekend before reaching the Ohio Valley.• Winds: Florence’s tropical-storm-force winds (at least 39 mph) extend up to 150 miles from its center. • No electricity: About 809,000 customers are without power in North Carolina, emergency officials said. In South Carolina, 155,000 customers are without power, officials said. • Trapped and rescued: In hard-hit New Bern, North Carolina, where 4,300 homes have been damaged, rescuers have taken more than 400 people from homes surrounded by rising waters, and about 100 others are awaiting rescue, Mayor Dana Outlaw said Saturday morning. In nearby Onslow County, three US Coast Guard helicopters were helping with rescue missions Saturday, officials said.• Much flooding to come: By storm’s end, up to 40 inches of rain will have fallen in parts of North Carolina and far northeastern South Carolina, the National Hurricane Center said. Some other parts of South Carolina could see rainfall totals of up to 15 inches, forecasters said. Florence “will produce catastrophic flooding over parts of North and South Carolina for some time,” NOAA official Steve Goldstein said.• Record rainfall: Florence has dumped more than 30 inches of rain in Swansboro, North Carolina, as of Saturday morning, breaking an all-time record for rainfall from a tropical system in the state. The previous record of 24.06 inches was set during Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasA neighbor takes photos of a boat smashed against a car garage near the Neuse River in New Bern on September 15.Hide Caption 1 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasKim Adams wades through floodwaters surrounding her home in Southport, North Carolina, on September 15.Hide Caption 2 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasA sailboat lifted by storm surge leans against a building at Bridgepointe Marina in New Bern, North Carolina, on Saturday, September 15, a day after Florence’s landfall.Hide Caption 3 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasVolunteers help rescue three children from a flooded home in James City, North Carolina, on Friday, September 14. Hide Caption 4 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasRuss Lewis covers his eyes from wind and sand in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on September 14.Hide Caption 5 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasVolunteers help rescue people from their flooded homes in New Bern on September 14. Hide Caption 6 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasWaves crash into the Second Avenue Pier in Myrtle Beach on September 14.Hide Caption 7 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasThe storm leaves a tree toppled over in New Bern on September 14.Hide Caption 8 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasSoldiers from the North Carolina National Guard reinforce a low-lying area with sandbags in Lumberton, North Carolina, on September 14.Hide Caption 9 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasRobert Simmons Jr. and his kitten are rescued from floodwaters in New Bern on September 14.Hide Caption 10 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasTeddie Davis checks on one of the New Bern’s signature bear statues toppled by the storm on September 14. Another one of the bears, in the background, ended up in the middle of a downtown street.Hide Caption 11 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasRising waters threaten downtown Washington, North Carolina, as the Pamlico River overruns its banks on September 14.Hide Caption 12 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasAn abandoned van sits on a flooded road near New Bern on September 14.Hide Caption 13 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasA boat sits wedged in trees in Oriental, North Carolina, near New Bern, on September 14.Hide Caption 14 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasMembers of a Federal Emergency Management Agency team from California search a flooded neighborhood in Fairfield Harbour, North Carolina, on September 14.Hide Caption 15 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasRescue workers attempt to remove a giant tree that fell onto a house in Wilmington, North Carolina, on September 14. Two people died when the tree collapsed — among the first storm-related deaths due to Hurricane Florence. Hide Caption 16 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasElectric poles that snapped in half sway from their wires in Wilmington on September 14.Hide Caption 17 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasLee Casteen, left, and Try Hinton use a chainsaw to clear a tree blocking a road in Wilmington on September 14.Hide Caption 18 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasRescue workers help a woman and her dog from a flooded house in James City on September 14.Hide Caption 19 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasChristian Philips uses an axe to split a tree that was blocking a road in Wilmington on September 14.Hide Caption 20 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasThe Neuse River rises above its’ banks and pushes into downtown New Bern on Thursday, September 13.Hide Caption 21 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasWaves crash around Oceanana Pier in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, as Florence’s outer bands begin to be felt on September 13.Hide Caption 22 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasMichael Nelson floats in a boat fashioned from a metal tub and fishing floats after the Neuse River flooded September 13 in New Bern.Hide Caption 23 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasPowerful winds and waves destroy portions of a boat dock and boardwalk in Atlantic Beach on September 13. Hide Caption 24 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasResidents wade through streets flooded by the Neuse River in New Bern on September 13.Hide Caption 25 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasAstronaut Alexander Gerst posted this photo on Twitter of Hurricane Florence saying, “It’s chilling, even from space.” Gerst is aboard the International Space Station.Hide Caption 26 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasEvacuees take refuge at Burgaw Middle School in Burgaw, North Carolina, on September 12. Hide Caption 27 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasMarge Brown says goodbye to her father, George Brown, before his evacuation from a health care home in Morehead City, North Carolina, on September 12.Hide Caption 28 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasWorkers take boats out of the water in Wanchese Harbor in Wanchese, North Carolina, on September 12 as the Outer Banks prepares for Florence.Hide Caption 29 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasAstronaut Gerst also posted this photo to Twitter on September 12, saying, “Watch out, America! #HurricaneFlorence is so enormous, we could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens from the @Space_Station, 400 km directly above the eye. Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you.”Hide Caption 30 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasJeff Bryant, left, and James Evans board the windows of a business in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on Tuesday, September 11.Hide Caption 31 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasPeople fill sandbags in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, on September 11.Hide Caption 32 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasBoth lanes of Interstate 26 flow westbound in North Charleston, South Carolina, toward Columbia as people evacuate inland on September 11.Hide Caption 33 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasLaura Gretch holds Frances, a Chihuahua mix, as she helps unload cats and dogs arriving at the Humane Rescue Alliance in Washington from Norfolk, Virginia, on September 11.Hide Caption 34 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasA Costco employee attempts to direct traffic at gas pumps in Apex, North Carolina, near Raleigh on September 11.Hide Caption 35 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasVeronica Gallardo and Robert Kelly place a plastic tarp over an American flag inside the Casemate Museum at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia, on September 11.Hide Caption 36 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasA man eyes a store’s bare bread shelves as people stock up on food in Myrtle Beach on September 11.Hide Caption 37 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasChuck Ledford, left, watches cartoons on a phone with his daughter Misty as they seek shelter at Emma B. Trask Middle School in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Tuesday, September 11. Hide Caption 38 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasWorkers board up the Wrightsville Beach Art Co. in North Carolina.Hide Caption 39 of 40 Photos: In pictures: Florence drenches CarolinasScott Fleenor, bottom, and Jeremiah Trendell board over the windows of a business in Myrtle Beach.Hide Caption 40 of 40‘It’s time to go’Across the Carolinas, officials are sounding the alarm: More communities will flood as rivers collect water from upstream and spill over.In Rocky Point, North Carolina, Susan Bostic and her family were packing to leave Saturday morning, even though Florence’s center was long gone. Volunteers unite to prevent flooding in North CarolinaThe Northeast Cape Fear River flooded there after Hurricane Floyd, destroying her original home. This round of flooding is predicted to be worse — cresting at what would be a record 22.8 feet just to the north by Tuesday — and the river already was encroaching her yard Saturday.”We know it’s time to go,” Bostic told CNN. “We don’t (where we’re going) yet. We just know we’re getting out of here.”Anxiety also reigned Saturday in Lumberton, a North Carolina city that was submerged for days after 2016’s Hurricane Matthew.Volunteers and city workers have been filling sandbags, trying to plug a low point in the city’s levee system before the Lumber River crests. It’s expected to be well past major flood stage (19 feet) from Sunday morning into at least Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.Kim Adams wades through floodwaters surrounding her home Saturday in Southport, North Carolina.The city installed 11 pumps to help deal with the river, but Mayor John Cantey said he wants people living near it to get out.”If you live in south Lumberton, west Lumberton, go ahead and leave now while you can, please,” Cantey told CNN on Saturday morning.Water rises Saturday in Conway, South Carolina, near the Waccamaw River.In Cumberland County, which includes Fayetteville, officials ordered people within 1 mile of the Cape Fear River to evacuate by 3 p.m. Sunday.In South Carolina, the worst is likely yet to come for communities such as Conway, about 15 miles inland from Myrtle Beach. Water was rising Saturday morning in a flood plain near the Waccamaw River, lapping up against homes and pooling over at least one main road. At least 6 have been killedScores of people in New Bern, North Carolina, have been rescued Florence has left at least six people dead, including a mother and her child who died after a tree fell on their house in Wilmington, North Carolina, police said. The father was hospitalized with injuries. In Hampstead, North Carolina, emergency responders going to a call for cardiac arrest found their path blocked by downed trees. When they got to the home, the woman was dead, authorities said. Two men were also killed in Lenoir County, North Carolina. One was electrocuted while hooking up a generator and the other while checking on his dogs outside, emergency officials said.. In South Carolina’s Union County, a 61-year-old woman was killed Friday night when the car she was driving struck a downed tree, state emergency management spokesman Antonio Diggs said.Earlier Saturday, officials in North Carolina’s Carteret County said two other people were dead as a result of the storm. They later clarified those deaths were not related to Florence.She called 911. No one cameThose who stayed behind gave harrowing accounts of getting trapped in their homes surrounded by water. Family trapped in Florence floodwaters kept hearing people screaming for help Annazette Riley-Cromartie said she and her family thought they’d be safe in their brick house in eastern North Carolina. But the water kept rising. She, her husband and three children escaped into the attic, but the winds howled, and the family fled to an upper floor bedroom. As they waited for emergency workers, they heard neighbors screaming for help. Her 6-foot-2 husband went to see what he could do, but the water was above his chest, she said.”It’s the worst feeling in the world to hear people yelling for help, and you can’t do anything,” she said.She said she called 911, but no one came. Eventually, a volunteer rescue team from Indiana arrived with a boat and rescued them. Part of downtown Wilmington, North Carolina, is inundated by water from the swollen Cape Fear River. States of emergency Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms. High winds and a storm surge from Florence hits Swansboro, North Carolina, on Friday.Sign up for Florence alertsAccording to the National Hurricane Center, the storm will travel through upstate South Carolina, be downgraded to a tropical depression, then turn north toward the Ohio Valley. As it moves near Ohio and West Virginia, it will become a remnant low. Then it will swing to the northeast in the middle of next week on a path to the Atlantic Ocean near Nova Scotia, where it will be an extratropical low with gale-force winds.