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Price-gouging complaints hit North Carolina on heels of Hurricane Florence

Price-gouging complaints hit North Carolina on heels of Hurricane Florence Price-gouging complaints hit North Carolina on heels of Hurricane Florence
Theresa Hayes | 18 September, 2018, 13:02

"Pay attention to the weather warnings and be ready to head for safer ground if you're asked to evacuate", Cooper warned residents during Sunday news conference.

Some Carolinians were relieved that the storm was pushing out, despite the continued threat of flooding from rivers.

Mayor Bill Saffo said he was working with the governor's office to get more fuel into Wilmington.

- With one of North Carolina's largest cities still mostly cut off by floodwaters from Hurricane Florence, officials prepared to begin distributing food, water and tarps to Wilmington residents as yet more people were rescued from submerged inland neighborhoods.

Five dozen river locations were in flood stage Monday morning, 18 of which were in major flooding, which is typically characterized by catastrophic property inundation and evacuations.

Gov. Roy Cooper made a stop in New Bern Monday to tour parts of the city hardest hit by Hurricane Florence.

Long noted that "recovery is always a very frustrating process for people when they've lost their livelihoods, but we're going to be OK".

About 488,551 customers in North Carolina and 16,385 in SC don't have electricity. About 14,000 people are in shelters, officials said.

Workers scramble to build a temporary dam to stop rising flood waters from Hurricane Florence in Lumberton, North Carolina, on September 16, 2018.

Price-gouging complaints hit North Carolina on heels of Hurricane Florence

The dead included a 1-year-old boy swept from his mother as they tried to escape their vehicle amid floodwaters.

"For many (most?) places, the worst of Florence's flooding is still on the way", meteorologist Eric Holthaus noted in a tweet on Sunday. "Yeah, I considered moving, but who is going to buy a house that floods?" he said.

Florence, which came ashore as a hurricane on Thursday, is expected to weaken again on Monday before re-intensifying on Tuesday and Wednesday, the US National Hurricane Center said. " 'Cause we don't run every time this thing happened".

After blowing ashore as a hurricane with 90 miles per hour (145 kph) winds, Florence virtually parked itself much of the weekend atop the Carolinas as it pulled warm water from the ocean and hurled it onshore.

Two men in their 70s died in Lenoir County.

He is fed up with getting flooded out, but says he's stuck with the house he has.

The National Weather Service said there was an "elevated risk for landslides" in North Carolina.

"Not only are you going to see more impact across North Carolina. but we're also anticipating you are about to see a lot of damage going through West Virginia, all the way up to OH as the system exits out", Brock Long of the Federal Emergency Management Agency told Fox News on Sunday. Southbound I-95 lanes also were closed between Exits 81 and 65 in North Carolina.

The state board said it's already sending out state ballots for several counties that can't do so because of flooding, power and internet outages or because their offices are inaccessible. It has seen more than 86 inches of rain this year; the average to date is about 43 inches.