Officials say the death toll from Hurricane Florence, now a tropical depression, has jumped to at least 32.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) warns that the hurricane continues to dump heavy rain on parts of North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina and that flash flooding will continue.
A mother and baby were among at least four killed as Hurricane Florence pounded away at the southeastern US coast with torrential downpours and surging seas.
Hurricane Florence smashed into the US East Coast on Friday with howling winds, torrential rains and life-threatening storm surges as emergency crews scrambled to rescue hundreds of people stranded in their homes by flood waters.
US forecasters late Thursday downgraded Hurricane Florence to a Category 1 storm, as its outer edge lashed the Carolinas with strong winds and heavy rain.
The outer bands of wind and rain from a weakened but still lethal Hurricane Florence began lashing North Carolina as the monster storm moved in for a prolonged and potentially catastrophic drenching along the Southeast coast.
South Carolina's Governor Henry McMaster ordered the evacuation of much of the state's coast as people wait for Florence to hit. The hurricane has been downgraded from a Category 4 storm to Category 2, but residents are still anxious.
More than one million people were ordered to evacuate their homes along the US southeast coast as Hurricane Florence, the most powerful storm to threaten the Carolinas in nearly three decades, barrelled closer.
Normally packed with vacationers over Memorial Day weekend, beaches along the eastern US Gulf Coast were largely empty on Sunday as a slowly intensifying storm carrying brisk winds and heavy rain approached.
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