More than 900 rescues from Florence: North Carolina governor

Reuters Studio - September 16, 2018

More than 900 lives have been saved by rescuers after deadly storm Florence, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said on Sunday.

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More than 900 rescues from Florence: North Carolina governor

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Florence drenched North Carolina with yet more rain on Sunday and officials warned residents that "the worst is yet to come," as rivers inland were likely to flood.

Florence, which crashed into the state as a hurricane on Friday, had weakened to a tropical depression by Sunday morning but was forecast to drop another 5 to 10 inches (13 to 25 cm) of rain in North Carolina, bringing rainfall totals in some inland areas to 15 to 20 inches and even more in some places, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The most rain so far from Florence was 33.9 inches (86 cm) in Swansboro, North Carolina, a new record for a single hurricane in the state.

The previous record was 24 inches (61 cm), set by Hurricane Floyd, which killed 56 people in 1999, said Bryce Link, a meteorologist with private forecasting service DTN Marine Weather.

In North Carolina, more than 900 people were rescued from rising flood waters and 15,000 remained in shelters, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference on Sunday.

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