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Florence flood waters submerge N.C. neighborhood

2018-09-16 19:19
A neighborhood hard hit by Florence in Jacksonville, North Carolina was submerged in high flood waters Sunday. A local resident took an Associated Press crew on a tour in his canoe. Jason Padilla said it's "surreal" to see what has happened to his town. "You only see this in tv. I never thought I'd see this," he said. As Florence weakened to a tropical depression early Sunday, North Carolina braced for catastrophic, widespread flooding that forecasters warned could be the next stage of a mounting disaster. Rivers swelled toward record levels, forecasters said, and thousands of people were ordered to evacuate for fear that the next few days could bring the most destructive round of flooding in North Carolina history. The storm's death toll climbed to 13 and about 740,000 homes and businesses remained without power thoughout North and South Carolina. Utilities said some could be out for weeks.