Florence cuts off USA city of Wilmington

S Florence unleashes havoc on Carolinas

One person was killed when at least 16 tornadoes developed from Florence on Monday in Virginia, where dozens of buildings were destroyed, the National Weather Service reported.

Authorities say a student was struck by lightning at a south central Virginia middle school.

Tillis said the state has not fully recovered that storm, which hit about two years ago. There was no immediate word on his condition.

There are now 20 roads closed in Charlotte, NC, according to information provided by the Weather Channel.

North Carolina Community Foundation: The NCCF is a humanitarian organization based in North Carolina that partners with local charities that also support the community. Please note "Hurricane Florence Relief Fund" in the memo area of each check. For customers of Duke Energy, the company said it will likely be days or even weeks before power is restored. WWAY briefly went off the air around 3 p.m. WECT and WSFX are also expected to run out of fuel soon and could lose their over-the-air signals.

There were now 2,000 federal workers working on storm response, supporting state efforts, said Tom Fargione, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer, during a press conference. Officials warned residents to avoid driving around barricades.

Areas from Florence to Chesterfield, Conway and Dillon were dotted with expanses of water Monday.

Trump is speaking at a White House event honoring Hispanic Heritage Month. "We ain't going to be able to do it by ourselves", he said.

Now, there are fears that the death toll will keep climbing.

"Additionally, GPS navigation companies are not keeping up with all the road closures and are directing people onto roads that are confirmed closed and flooded".

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Eric Tryggeseth, 59, found his home in Leland, North Carolina, without power on Monday and a tree laying in his front yard.

The historic storm has disrupted life for millions of people, and the surging floodwaters have spawned an environmental calamity across a vast region pocked with manure ponds and coal ash pits.

And the remnants of Florence, now a tropical depression, will probably dump another 2 to 5 inches of rain Monday on central and southeastern North Carolina, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.

Forecasters say the worst flooding is yet to come.

The State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement said in a statement Monday that it's communicating with elections officials in the state's 100 counties.

- Three people died in flash flooding or swift water on roads in Duplin County, North Carolina.

The rain was unrelenting in Cheraw, a town of about 6,000 people in northeastern SC. "I've been here for 18 years", Kim Saffo said.

Transportation officials strongly advised north-south travelers to take wide detours - involving traveling hundreds of additional miles - around the eastern parts of both Carolinas, where rising river waters, caused by Florence's torrential rains, were flooding stretches of I-95.

Those evacuated patients were being returned to the Hampton center Monday. "There's a lot of work to do, and there could be more work to do over the next few days", he said.

"Hope and pray the water goes down", Meier said.

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