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but don't let that fool you. this storm is sitting in one place on top of us, barely moving. moving 2 miles per hour. may as well be standing still. we learned of additional rain bands that developed today throughout the day as water continues to dump on areas of south and north carolina. it is also moving further inland. and we're also starting to see pictures, evacuation orders in many areas are still in effect. but we're starting to see pictures. there are calls for rescues and help. i want to turn to miguel marquez. as i understand it. you have new pictures of flooding in areas we haven't seen yet. >> reporter: well, we are still reporting on this storm and that will not quit. i cannot believe almost 48 hours into this and we're still experiencing, they say it is a tropical storm, it doesn't sound all that serious. this is the effects. let me show you the beach here
at carolina beach. these are communities that survive on their beaches. there's an 8 foot drop here. there should be 30 or 40 feet of beach there. that ocean is coming up to it. it has destroyed beaches for miles here, up and down the coach. these are communities that survive on their beaches. it will be a long time of recovery. there are trees, power lines, roofs, fences, walls, tons of small damage like that across a wide swathe of the area. authorities now trying to go through, assess everything. there's also lots of flooding in the area as well. trying to assess everything, get the power back on. you see lots of crews from duke energy. lots of emergency services operators trying to get out there, figure out who is out there, how will they survive, and what do they need, if anything, at this point. the town of carolina beach is
still under evacuation order. they still haven't opened that bridge into town. can't figure out when they'll do that yet, until winds come down to get people on and off the island safely, they won't be doing that. a beach further south of us are still under evacuation order as well, have everything closed down. it is going to be a very, very long recovery for this place. this storm just doesn't quit. it just keeps going. it is shocking. erica? >> it just won't quit. that's for sure. thank you. as we look at it, let's update you. we can tell you the numbers up to six, six deaths now official as related to the storm. that sixth death was just reported in south carolina. more than 960,000 customers are without power in both states, about 150,000 of them here in south carolina. the rest, vast majority obviously are in north carolina.
the concerns on flooding, the rain isn't stopping, the water isn't stopping. many of the issues will come in the days ahead as we wait to see not only where it floods as the storm moves inland but as rivers begin to crest in the next three to five days. there is flooding out there, do not be fooled in terms of that. brian todd is in onslow county, north carolina at an apartment complex that's dealing with some significant flooding. i imagine, brian, those waters may have risen since we spoke a half hour, 40 minutes ago. >> reporter: they seem to have risen a little bit, erica, we are monitoring it closely. you can see we are in the middle of a flooded out apartment complex. showing you how in danger some of these are. the water in back of one unit
has gone into the units. look at these cars here. they're basically union usable at this point, washed out. had to pull several people out of the apartment complex. we spoke to david cotton, the manager for onslow county. he said we have not seen a flood like this in our collective memories, in our life times. this is what he is talking about. as far as the eye can see in the apartment complex, it is completely flooded out. when are these people able to come back to their homes? we don't know. officials here, emergency management officials say they've had to do 30 rescue missions so far. they have more than 300 people in shelters. at least 200 of them made their way to the shelter one way or another in the last 24 hours, getting rescued from places like this or make their ways to shelters. it is a dangerous situation.
some people that wanted to hunker down, then realized this is what they're facing and needed to get out. good news is they have great resources pulling people out of these places. they have coast guard helicopters and high water amphibious vehicles, swift water rescue team from indiana here to help, plus local fire and eoc officials. a lot of resources being deployed. looks like they're going to need all of them today. here's an anecdote i got from officials not too long ago. they had a situation either overnight last night or early this morning where an ambulance came to one of the areas to get a cardiac arrest patient, they got the patient in the ambulance, and then the ambulance started to take on water. luckily they had a swift water rescue team nearby, got them out safely. first responders are really up against it right now, too. that's been the situation through the carolinas. we have been talking about that, first responders.
we were in wilmington yesterday, had to navigate streets where massive trees have come down, power lines down everywhere. that's the same here. you have all that and high water. there's a chopper flying over, not sure coast fwaguard or not. there are three coast guard units here. >> brian todd with the latest. we can hear that. thank you. want to turn to ed lavandera in jacksonville, north carolina. it was hit with rough flooding. we began to see the start of it yesterday as we followed your path and some of the stories out of there. what are you seeing today? >> reporter: well, it is another one of those days where people are -- the rain has fallen off quite substantially, so that's good. the problem is it has rained and it is raining in other parts where rivers are still coming out of its banks. here you have misty diaz who we
spoke to awhile ago, her and her family left this home over the course of the last hour, packing up belongings. that water is two to three inches away from going inside the home. when we first got here, it was six inches lower off the porch. let me show you what they're dealing with, erica. beyond the tree line is the new river. this is an area that residents tell us they did not expect to flood. it has done well in past heavy storms but the new river has come out of its banks. from 7:00 in the morning until now, this is how far the water has come. that's why misty diaz and her family are leaving this house. just in that neighborhood, coast guard officials tell us they already rescued some 30 people over the course of the day. you might be able to hear the helicopters flying over us now. there are still two in the air now in this neighborhood. so it is slow moving water.
most people in this neighborhood are standing and waiting to see exactly how all of this is going to unfold. there are a number of homes in this particular neighborhood that have gone underwater. there's a subdivision there we haven't figured out how to reach if we can, considering they're only getting there with helicopters. it doesn't seem likely at this point. all of this water continues to creep up and creep up. residents are wondering where it is going to stop. as people are coming in here quick, let me finish by showing you this. we saw this phenomenon in hurricane harvey in texas. and i show this to you because it is a real concern, it can be treacherous for people out here. this little pile here that you see, that's a fire ant pile. that's what they do in flood waters, they come together, make little islands. show you that, number one, it is bizarre to see. number two for people coming in and out, trying to salvage
things out of their homes and walking through flood waters, you step in that, it is an absolutely horrible experience. so anyway, that's one of the many things you see. before we leave you, the coast guard chopper, one of the two we're seeing flying around the area, they continue to swirl around neighborhoods north of jacksonville, north carolina, trying to pull out as many people that are trapped in their homes and want to figure out a way out this afternoon. erica? >> all right, ed, thank you. ed lavandera. scott mclane is in garden city beach, south carolina. scott, you have been making it around the myrtle beach area, north of where we were earlier today, assessing some damage. what are you seeing in garden city beach? >> reporter: hey, erica. we're about ten miles south of where you are, south of garden city beach. i am standing on what would normally be a beach. you can see the tide has come up and combined with storm surge,
waves are approaching people's properties. you can see some stairs there that people built to get out to the beach, they're getting hit with some of the waves. if you look on this pier, i am told by some local residents that live here, one of the local residents that lives here, those pilings at the end are where low tide would be, and high tide comes up halfway through this. it's almost completely underwater, especially when waves come up. you can see how high this foam is coming up into this person's yard. thankfully, not quite at their house just yet. i'm going to try to make my way down here. the reason this is happening now and not initially when florence came on shore is initially the way myrtle beach is situated, initially the wind was pushing the waves offshore, creating a negative storm surge, meaning tied was even lower than it normally is. now that we're on the back side
of the storm, it is coming in stronger than it would. we're nine or nine and a half feet above what would normally be the highs. this could be the third or fourth highest on record. not quite a record, but scary for people here. swing around quickly before we send it back, show you how close it is to getting over these people's retaining walls. about another foot or two and it would be there. high tide was about 30 minutes ago, maybe a little more than that. so the good news is it is only going to recede. seems like this area dodged a bullet from what's now tropical storm florence. >> scott mclean with the latest from garden city beach, south carolina. meteorologist allison chinchar is in the cnn weather center, we're watching all of this. the water is starting to recede a little bit, but the fact that there's so much more water coming, that's what officials
are watching even here in myrtle beach, worried about the next few days, whether water could come up over roads and bridges that are access points into myrtle beach, for example sf. >> right. the long term becomes rivers, creeks, streams and things. that water has to go somewhere. that's where it is likely going to end up, not just water coming from the ocean but above. it all drains somewhere. we still have heavy rain. the storm picked up speed by 1 miles per hour, now moving west at 3 miles per hour. that new information at the top of the hour. and new information, fayetteville police out of north carolina now issuing mandatory evacuations for cumberland county because here's why. the little river at manchester is expected to rise rapidly over the next several hours. in fact, they expect it to break the previous record by six feet. they're telling people get out, get out now. you have to get out before we see that river rise. and it is not the only one.
we expect 20 of these rivers here to reach major flood stage in the next three to five days, and 30 of them to reach moderate flood stage. again, the reason for this is not just all of that storm surge that came in over the last 24 hours, but rainfall coming down. you have two very heavy bands, one north of wilmington and one that's south of wilmington. the rainfall in this area is coming down about two to three inches an hour. that would be fine if you only got one hour's worth of rain. we know a lot of places are getting far more than that. already numerous locations are picking up over two feet of rain, including swansboro. over 30 inches. that sets a record for the state of north carolina for any tropical system to ever hit here. keep in mind, folks, it is still raining there. that number is likely going up. for a lot of places on the map, we're expecting widespread amounts of 6 to 12 inches to
fall. but there could be some spots, erica, we could pick up well in excess of a foot of rain on top of what we've already had. >> allison chinchar with the latest. thank you. as you at home look at all of these pictures, you don't need to know anyone in the area to understand they need your help and will in the coming days. if you want to help, cnn has vetted a number of organizations. you can find that information at cnn.com/impact. stay with us. we're back with more in just a moment. friends, colleagues, gathered here are the world's finest insurance experts. rodney -- mastermind of discounts like safe driver, paperless. the list goes on. how about a discount for long lists? gold. mara, you save our customers hundreds for switching almost effortlessly. it's a gift. and jamie. -present. -together we are unstoppable. so, what are we gonna do? ♪
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welcome back. alex marquardt in new york. we will get back to storm coverage in a moment. first, we're getting more information about the string of deadly gas explosions. you can see the pictures there that rocked several areas north of boston. waiting on a briefing from ntsb which is supposed to be
4:00 p.m. eastern. the governor charlie baker declared state of emergency in three towns. he has taken the extraordinary step of replacing the company columb columbia gas as the company in charge of recovery. >> we took this step after it became clear to us that columbia gas was simply inadequately prepared to take the steps necessary to effectively manage relief efforts. >> at this moment, at least one person has died, and around 8,000 people were forced to leave their homes. officials say they cleared more than 50 streets in in order a andover but could be some time before life is normal in that area. alison kosik is in north massachusetts. in addition to the ntsb press conference at 4:00, we're waiting for a briefing from local officials hopefully soon. as we wait, what action have the authorities actually taken?
>> reporter: well, we are waiting for more information as you said. right behind me is the podium, waiting for state and local officials to give us more information. a lot of people want to know how this happened. at this point, columbia gas of massachusetts which owns the gas lines involved in the explosions, so far isn't giving a definitive reason for what happened. also on the ground, ntsb officials collecting evidence, trying to figure out what triggered this cascade of explosions in three suburbs north of boston. those explosions killing one man, injuring more than a dozen people, destroying or damaging dozens of properties, including homes and businesses. we are seeing a lot of residents had to suddenly leave at a moment's notice in fear. listen to this. >> frantic call from my wife, gas. told her to get out of the house, get the car away. next thing you know, police came in, ordered everybody out of the
house. homes down the street were catching fire. by the time i got home, it was a lot of confusion and chaos. it was actually scary, you know? >> as you can imagine, massive response like this, there are lots of moving pieces. one of those is the teams of three people that are going through neighborhoods house by house. they include a utility technician, first responder, and locksmith to get into houses and turn off the gas and see it there's lingering gas maybe sitting in attics and basements, they're using special equipment outside to detect if there's gas in the air. ultimately to get people home, talking about thousands that had to flee their homes, they can't go back until they get the all clear. when they go back, there won't be power or gas, as far as power, we're not sure when that will be restored, as far as gas, that could take weeks to be restored.
we are waiting on a news conference. hopefully we'll get more information. as soon as we do, we'll bring it to you. >> lots of questions for that pair of briefings. for the 8,000 people, when can we go home. alison kosik in lawrence, massachusetts. thanks very much. coming up, rescues under way as tropical storm florence continues its slow churn across the carolinas. up next, we speak with one of the first responders helping victims caught in the disaster. there's nothing small about your business. with dell small business technology advisors, you get the one-on-one partnership to grow your business. the dell vostro 14 laptop. get up to 40% off on select pcs. call 877-buy-dell today. ( ♪ )
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continuing coverage of tropical storm florence continues. we are live in myrtle beach, south carolina. get you up to speed on more of what we are learning at this hour. we have new evacuation orders issued in north carolina in fayetteville. further inland we spoke with the director of communications for the city a short time ago, said there are two areas specifically that were targeted with the evacuation order that they learned lessons after matthew, want people to stay safe as it moves further inland. we can also tell you city of fayetteville as i mentioned and wade, north carolina also issuing evacuation orders for that reason. there's much concern as the storm continues to move further inland, and as it just sits in the area where it has been now for the last two days for some folks. we can tell you we learned from the coast guard, they assisted in 50 air rescues in north
carolina. some of them, some reporters shared that information with you, including cnn's ed lavandera of rescues in onslow county, north carolina. we'll continue to monitor those efforts as well. a travel nurse joins us, chris, you're in new bern, correct me if i'm wrong to an area you moved to a couple months ago? >> that's right. i am a travel nurse. we contracted with a hospital here in new bern, but i actually live in moorehead city which was evacuated tuesday. came to the hospital, have been on shift ever since. >> and what have you seen during the time you have been there. >> conditions are good at the hospital. amazingly enough things are a little flooded. no real damage at all. the hospital is in good spirits. we had a lot of our just
employees in general come in, put a smile on their face. all in the name of taking care of patients. it is amazing. >> a lot of folks face this dilemma when they're dealing with a storm of this magnitude. you're there, doing your job, providing help as first responders do and others. your family i know had to evacuate. how are they doing? >> yeah, absolutely. my wife and three children are in asheville, my hometown. they're safe and sound right now, and i'm here. i am worried about not being with them, didn't know my fate as of a couple days ago. as god would see fit, i'm safe and sound as well as my
co-workers. >> you mention your home where you live, you were evacuated tuesday. do you know much about the situation there? >> the latest update i got were there is no entry into moorehead city via u.s. 70, and i do not know the condition of residents there. we could more than likely have lost everything in that flooding. >> that's a lot to think about in this moment, i imagine. >> absolutely. you know, we have been busy here at the hospital. we've had a lot to take care of and things like that. i tried to put it out of my mind to be able to just kind of work and will assist the situation afterwards, but i'm at least
here at the hospital until monday at 7:00. we'll see at that point. >> all right, chris, we appreciate you taking time to join us. best of luck with everything. chris woodby. >> thank you so much. continuing coverage rolls on on the other side of this break. we want to update you, we'll look at some rescue efforts happening across north carolina. stay with us. i'm ken jacobus, i'm the owner of good start packaging. we distribute environmentally-friendly packaging for restaurants. and we've grown substantially. so i switched to the spark cash card from capital one. i earn unlimited 2% cash back on everything i buy. and last year, i earned $36,000 in cash back. that's right, $36,000. which i used to offer health insurance to my employees. my unlimited 2% cash back is more than just a perk, it's our healthcare. can i say it? what's in your wallet? (thomas) nice choices!
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confirmation vote in the senate. this is what we know. a woman still unidentified sent a letter to senator dianne feinstein, accusing kavanaugh of assaulting her when they were in high school in the early '80s. feinstein redacted the woman's name and sent it to the fbi. kavanaugh is forcibly denying allegation and it comes at a crucial moment. what is kavanaugh saying about the accusations. we know he is denying them. what effect could it have on his chances of joining the court? >> reporter: you're right. we need to emphasize this is an anonymous allegation, for something that occurred 30 years ago. and the woman is declining to come forward. he denies it, she's alleging that kavanaugh assaulted her at a party. they were both in high school in the '80s. and she won't come forward but sent this letter to dianne
feinstein, and she declined to press the matter further. feinstein redacted the name, referred it to the fbi. kavanaugh himself issued a strong statement denying the allegations. he said i categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. i did not do this back in high school or at any time. in this letter, the woman alleges that kavanaugh physically pushed her into a bedroom and along with another male locked the door from inside, put on loud music. she alleges the two teens were drunk and that kavanaugh was on top of her with a hand over her mouth and she feared she was in danger. she never says whether she reported it to authorities, but says she sought medical attention. we don't have many details on that. the republicans here are furious. they know that this letter was
sent back in july, and dianne feinstein didn't bring it up at hearings or in private meetings, and in fact just referred it after almost the close of the hearings close to the vote next week. his friends were is disbelief. one of them said kavanaugh has been vetted five times by the fbi. on the other hand, some are angry with dianne feinstein for not bringing it forward. she was in a tough spot. the woman didn't want to come forward with the allegation. kavanaugh denied it. >> it has been a dramatic confirmation process. ariane de vogue. thank you. could this be the night we find out joe biden is running for president? biden is due to speak at the
human rights campaign national dinner in washington, d.c. that's the same dinner biden spoke at three years ago as he considered getting into the 2016 race. speculation is rampant about renewed presidential ambitions. experts like yourself looking for any sign in tea leaves. any indication we could hear something tonight? >> alex, he is careful not to discuss 2020, especially this year as they try to keep the focus on the 2018 midterms. so far, the vice president himself said he is hoping to have that decision by january. those close to him say it is the same as he tells them in private. he was the first vice president
to support same-sex marriage, that had to nudge president obama along for his support. he stayed involved in the lbgt community. his foundation announced as you are, trying to promote family acceptance. but certainly a lot of folks in that room and other places are watching and waiting for any signs he might be giving about a 2020 run. >> biden has been more vocal than obama has since president trump came into office, and we do know that biden is planning to be active in the next few weeks, ahead of midterm elections. what do we know about his campaign schedule, who he is stumping for, what clues it might offer for 2020? >> right now, his campaign schedule is still coming into shape. they're sketching out plans, trying to keep things flexible to determine where and with whom he is needed most. one trip we know about, that
first week in october he will be heading to california and nevada to do fund-raisers and public events, including with a democratic senate candidate there, jackie rosen out of nevada. democrats see a pick up opportunity in that race. she's running against senator dean heller. we expect to see him in states like ohio, pennsylvania, florida, michigan, wisconsin, things those states have in common, they're states donald trump turned from blue to red in 2016. but two states we will not see vice president joe biden in before november 6th are iowa and new hampshire. his team is very cautious. they don't want to have any situation where he may be with a candidate and speculation turns from the candidate to his presidential ambitions, so for now, iowa and new hampshire aren't seeing joe biden. >> i know you'll be watching closely tonight and going forward. thanks. and warm welcome to cnn. great to have you with us. >> thank you. setting new records in north carolina as tropical storm
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♪ the situation in south carolina. >> if we ask anything, according to his will, we have the petitions that we desire of him. let us pray. almighty, all wise god, we thank you so very much for being consistent and faithful to us. we give you glory today for everyone that is working toward a conclusion to this matter.
there's nobody like you anywhere. and we need you more now than we've ever needed you before. families need you. first responders need you. those of us that are caught in the grip of a storm, whether it is a natural storm or spiritual one, we need you. so today even those that suffered loss, i pray now that you will dry their eyes and cover them in that loss. you're able to do anything but fail. right now we give you glory because your credit is good with us. in jesus' name we pray, amen. >> national weather service. >> thank you, governor. good afternoon. heavy rains continue across northeast south carolina, with catastrophic flooding this afternoon. tropical storm florence has maximum sustained winds 40 miles
per hour. center of florence is 40 miles south, moving west 3 miles per hour. it is a slow move since it came to south carolina last evening. looking at the highest wind gusts so far in south carolina, highest we still have seen is 61 miles per hour at myrtle beach international airport and in marion. after that, 60 miles per hour reports in florence, grandstrand airport. 54 miles per hour at shaw, 53 miles per hour at charleston, in lowcountry. the tropical storm warning was cancelled for charleston tri-county area, remanins for te grand stand, pee dee. should diminish on sunday as
remnants move northwest and out of the state. looking at observed rainfall amounts, certainly north carolina has had significant flash flooding and rain flow amounts are extreme. lot of areas between 25 and 30 inches of rainfall, and the highest we have seen so far is 3 -- 31 inches in oriental. tremendous amount of rainfall. for us by no means is risk of flash flooding over. 8 to 12 inches from rock hill to florence to myrtle beach and areas northeast of there, with additional 2 to 6 inches expected farther southwest into the i-26 corridor. potential for heavy rains continues through tomorrow, and into the first part of the upcoming week. there's still potential for deadly flash flooding, parts of the grandstrand, pee dee, midlands, and up state where flash flood watches are in effect. we expect major flooding the
next several days in pee dee river basin, including the great pee dee, little pee dee, lumber, waccamaw, due to rainfall in north carolina water sheds. residents advised to take preparedness actions now, stay connected to local emergency management for evacuation guidance. we're continuing to monitor rainfall amounts to assess additional flooding impacts. thank you. >> thank you, john. ladies and gentlemen, as you know from the beginning since we have been watching this storm and hurricane, it has been most unpredictable. what has been predictable instead is our concern about heavy rain and flooding, and that is on course for what we have been anticipating all along. we have this morning issued 11:00, removed the evacuation order for the evacuation zones in charleston county, berkeley county, door chester county and
edisto beach. they came out from under the evacuation order at noon today. charleston, berkley, dorchester, and edisto beach. that evacuation order is still in evacuation for zones in two counties, two counties only, orie county, zones there, and georgeto georgetown county. school closures and state office closures are still in effect in orie county and georgetown county. that's the entire county. again, all school closures except those in orie county and georgetown county are now immediately returned to the local officials. all of these orders, of course, are done in close concert and constant communication with the state officials, county offices,
municipal offices and emergency personnel. also all state offices that have been previously closed, all state offices previously closed will be open for business on monday. so i'll say again evacuation order is still in effect for the evacuation zones, all of them in orie county and georgetown counties, and that does include the entire county. however, school closures and state office closures are still in effect in the entire counties of orie and georgetown. again, all school closures except those in orie and georgetown counties are now, right now, immediately returned to the local school authorities. and all state offices previously closed will be open for business on monday.
i want to say again this has been an exercise in professionalism by people all over the state, including volunteers and citizens themselves. we've had help from nine different states as well as president trump's involvement of his administration has been as heavy as it has ever been in south carolina. we have a great team here in south carolina. now we will proceed on with reports from some of the team members, starting with general livingston. >> thank you, governor. all of team south carolina is turning to wellness checks, doing reconnaissance for search and rescue. we'll be actively patrolling the coast. dnr will be on the rivers. we already have the first flights from the coast guard and from national guard out looking
to see if anybody needs any help. we continue to coordinate with our department of defense, homeland security, and fema partners to prepare for floods that are coming and those consequences. and we are repositioning other assets to handle that. i think as we look, right now, we have had no calls for rescue. and that is a good thing because i think the governor's evacuation order helped. we would rather evacuate than rescue. >> we have been listening to an update in the state of south carolina. you heard no calls for rescue. here's what we can tell you. a number of evacuation orders have been lifted in south carolina, except for the evacuation zones in orie county and georgetown county. this includes the area we are now in myrtle beach, north of
us. those evacuation orders for those zones are still in effect. all state offices we're told will open monday. schools will be open as well, except for those again in those evacuation zones. but the governor is clear that the threat is not over here, talking about some areas, including areas of orie county that could get another 8 to 12 inches of rain, the fact there are still significant wind gusts that are lashing at several areas of the state. there are flash flood watches in effect. there's a lot of concern about lumbar, waccamaw, pee dee rivers and where they will meet in the coming days. as we heard from the governor of north carolina as well, we're hearing from south carolina and from local officials here in the state that the concern is going to be in the coming days for potential flooding as rivers begin to crest. one area that's watching this closely, lumberton, north carolina, where we find polo
sandoval. one of the reasons they're watching it closely, they remember clearly what happened two years ago after matthew and some of the damage. they have still not referred from. >> reporter: just about everybody we have been speaking to remembers what matthew caused in lumberton, especially with respect to public utilities. this is the water supply. five gallons of water in a giant tank. officials raided this barrier with concrete barriers, tarps, soil. they want to keep water from reaching here. what happened two years ago, water flooded this entire facility. people had to wait up to 30 days before they had water service. not only is that happening but also they're receiving all sorts of support and help, including from national guard. you see them lined up here. we are told they're heading to what's considered a vulnerable part of the city where lumber river basically flooded parts of the city two years ago.
we have seen preparations. they have been happening the last several days. officials on the ground are expecting catastrophic flooding in the coming days. we spent all day today on the lumber river on the banks. it is steadily rising. it is expected to peak higher than people experienced october of 2016. yes, people evacuated their homes. i saw there are still folks near the river choosing to stay put. at this point, authorities saying that is not smart. >> all right. polo sandoval with the latest. just to give you a sense where we stand, we know there are more than 960,000 customers across both south and north carolina that are without power as a result of this storm. the winds, the rain they continue. the storm is only moving 3 miles per hour. it is just sitting on the area. more and more rain for areas
that cannot take any more. as we mentioned so many times, but it is important to reiterate, the concern is in the coming days, flooding that will come, rivers that will crest, some of them not until wednesday. we'll be watching all of that closely. the official death toll has risen to six for the storm. we learned of a sixth death here in the state of south carolina a little bit earlier today. we can tell you there's more rain on the way. there are also a number of officials and also teams from across the country that are in the area to help. we're going to continue to update you on the rescue efforts. the coast guard doing some 50 air rescues in north carolina alone. coverage continues of tropical storm florence on the other side of this break. when you rent from national... it's kind of like playing your own version of best ball. because here, you can choose any car in the aisle, even if it's a better car class than the one you reserved.
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it is 3:00 eastern, noon out west. i am ana cabrera. it is an enormous storm. no longer a hurricane. make no mistake, it is no less powerful or less deadly. roofs aren't blowing off houses, so the urgency is getting people to higher ground. people in north carolina stranded in their neighborhoods, now piling into rescue trucks and boats with whatever they can carry, on the scene to help all over the storm zone, 6500 men and women of the national guard and air guard, they're moving people to safety, they're moving heavy equipment where