During a driving rain, Maggie Belgie of The Cajun Navy carries a child evacuating a flooding trailer community during Hurricane Florence in Lumberton, N.C., September 15, 2018.Members of the North Carolina Task Force urban search and rescue team wade through a flooded neighborhood looking for residents who stayed behind as Hurricane Florence continues to dump heavy rain in Fayetteville, N.C., September 16, 2018.
The remainder of the deaths have resulted from drownings, electrocutions, carbon monoxide poisoning, and falling trees, such as the deaths of a mother and her infant, who were killed after a tree fell on their North Carolina home. He urged residents who were evacuated from the hardest-hit areas to stay away because of closed roads and catastrophic flooding that submerged entire communities.
At the White House, President Donald Trump said nearly 20,000 military personnel and federal workers were deployed to help with the aftermath.
A cat clings to the side of a trailer in the flood waters before it was saved as the Northeast Cape Fear River overflowed its banks in the aftermath Hurricane Florence in Burgaw, N.C., September 17, 2018. On Monday, flood levels continued to rise. "I can't get home either", Chafin said.
While DiPaola has said he "came to North Carolina to cover a story, not become the story, for obvious ethical reasons", the dogs aren't the only lives he's helped saved; a feral kitten struggling with the flood waters was also, luckily, in DiPaola's path.
"This is an epic storm that is still continuing", Cooper told a news conference.
"I think the next 48 hours are going to be incredibly critical", he said.
Florence, which has been downgraded to a tropical depression from a hurricane, was headed through Virginia toward New England. "We've never had it at those levels before so we don't really know what the impact will be just yet", he said.
Major flooding is expected to continue in the state after Florence's passing or even worsen in some areas.
"We will do whatever it takes to keep the American people safe, " Trump said. Further flooding could push up that figure. Still, it displaced thousands of people and caused extensive property damage.