Tropical Storm Florence set to dump more rain

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Hurricane Florence victims in parts of North Carolina will get more time to file and pay certain taxes that were originally due in the coming weeks.

Complicating the move for residents were power outages and road closures.

"Our roads are flooded", he said. Rivers will continue to rise days after the rain has stopped, he said.

Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm Friday, but it's remained deadly.

Officials have declared states of emergency in several states, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms. Many people are now in much greater danger and I'm not exaggerating.

"We'll get through this". "If not we'd be stuck upstairs for the next ... how long?"

They later said on Twitter that they were working to identify the thieves and would "will charge them to the fullest extent of the law". "Very Professional!" he said in a tweet.

At least 11 deaths have been linked to Flo so far.

A 61-year-old woman and a 63-year-old man died in Horry County, SC, after using a generator inside their home, according to WMBF. Nearby, a Waffle House restaurant limited breakfast customers to one biscuit and one drink, all take-out, with the price of $2 per item. With half of the storm still out over the Atlantic, Florence continued to collect warm ocean water and dump it on land.

Flooding concerns extend beyond the coast of North Carolina as well. Flood level is 35 feet.

If the storm tracks further to the west and up into the Ohio River Valley, the worst of the heavy rain and associated impacts of the storm would be centered to the west of the Washington area and more focused toward western Pennsylvania and eventually interior New England.

Stream gauges across the region showed water levels steadily rising, with forecasts calling for rivers to crest Sunday and Monday at or near record levels. The Defense Department said about 13,500 military personnel had been assigned to help relief efforts.

'Time running out' for residents to escape Hurricane Florence
Its forward movement slowed to 12 miles per hour (19 kph) and top sustained winds stayed at 110 miles per hour (175 kph). Hurricane Florence has weakened slightly to a Category 2 storm, but don't be fooled, it's still incredibly unsafe .

Authorities have ordered the immediate evacuation of up to 7,500 people living within a mile of a stretch of the Cape Fear River and the Little River, about 100 miles in from the coast. The evacuation zone included part of the city of Fayetteville, with a population of 200,000. But it's expected to bring even more as it keeps slowly moving.

On Saturday some residents tried to return home, driving through flooded highways armed with chainsaws to clear fallen pine trees that covered the road.

As of noon, Emerald Isle had more than 23 inches (58 centimeters) of rain, and Wilmington and Goldsboro had about a foot (30 centimeters). Another 30 sites in North and Carolina had at least 10 inches.

"We know the water is rising fast everywhere - even in places that don't typically flood", Cooper said. "If you aren't watching for them, you are risking your life".

Officials urged those who had evacuated to stay away. Fayetteville is the sixth-largest city in the state with 205,000 people. Utilities said some could be out for weeks.

Florence has weakened into to tropical depression but flash flooding and major river flooding are expected to continue over significant portions of the Carolinas.

Florence was drifting westward over SC, reaching about 25 miles southeast of Columbia 2 a.m. Sunday, the NHC said. Its winds were down to 45 miles per hour (75 kph). As of Saturday, about 676,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in SC. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper confirmed the death of the man who was electrocuted outdoors, CNN reported.

The storm made landfall on Friday near Wilmington, a city of about 120,000 squeezed between North Carolina's Atlantic coastline and the Cape Fear River. Sutton was retired in 2013 and the company has been excavating ash to remove to safer lined landfills. Sheehan said that estimate could be revised.

In New Bern, swift water boat teams rescued almost 500 people who made a decision to wait out Florence, some scrambling into their upper floors, attics and even roofs to escape shockingly fast floodwaters.

Three families were rescued including one family with a one week old baby.

People clapped and shouted, "Amen!" and "Thank you, Lord". Wright, who sings in the choir at Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist, led residents at the shelter in an energetic singalong.