At least 13 people are dead in the Carolinas, officials report 10 in North Carolina and three in South Carolina, with further “epic amounts of rainfall” set to hit the US east coast.
It has caused catastrophic flooding since arriving as a category one hurricane on Friday. Some towns have already seen 2ft (60cm) of rain in two days, with totals forecast to top 3.5ft (1m) in places.
Among the fatalities in North Carolina:
- A mother and her child were killed in Wilmington when a tree fell on their home on Friday. The infant’s father was taken to hospital for injuries
- A 78-year-old man was electrocuted in Lenoir County while attempting to connect extension cords
- A 77-year-old man in the same county died when he was blown down by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs
- A woman died from cardiac arrest in the town of Hampstead after emergency responders had their route to her blocked by downed trees
In South Carolina, a 62-year-old woman died when her car hit a tree that had fallen across a road in the town of Union.
Florence is set to bring the worse of the rainfall on Sunday to North Carolina, the storm may dump as many as 18 inches of more rain before she’s finished.