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Rep. Richard Hudson says North Carolina flooding concerns

North Carolina congressman discusses the reaction of Florence.

As Hurricane Florence made landfall in the Carolinas Friday– the killing of at least 17– hundreds more remain trapped in their homes and authorities said Sunday that the worst is yet to come.

The storm was downgraded to a tropical depression on Sunday, after three days of incessant rain in the Carolina’s. But forecasters have warned that Florence is expected to dump as much as 40 inches of rain in the southeast of North Carolina, and 15 to 20 cm in the state, in the western region in the coming days, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Other regions remain vulnerable to flooding and major river flooding, forecasters said. The North Carolina Department of Transportation has warned drivers to stay away, after the flooding has blocked roads and the main highways.

FILE name: Homes and a marina are flooded as a result of high tides and rain from hurricane Florence, which moved through the area in Jacksonville, N. C.

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In North Carolina City, a city of 120,000 people, all roads in and out of the city under water. The residents of the communities in the interior, who thought they were safe from the storm was to find high ground from the expected floods. In New Bern, at least 30 roads were left unpassable; 4,200 homes and more than 300 commercial buildings damaged; and 6,000 customers without power, and 1200 inhabitants in the shelters, said the mayor of the city.

More than 1,000 search-and-rescue personnel with 36 helicopters and more than 200 boats were sent to North Carolina, after hundreds of people were left stranded in their homes,

In total, the emergency management agencies said nearly 700,000 customers lacked power in North Carolina and more than 60,000 power outages were reported in South Carolina. Meanwhile, about 17,000 people flocked to 190 shelters in the Carolina’s. Statewide, as many as 1 million people were evacuated, The Asheville Citizen-Times reported.

“[P]eople need to understand that some areas are likely to be without power for a while,” said Gov. Roy Cooper during a press conference. “The risk to life increases with the raging water.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

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