RALEIGH (WFMY) - North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said there are now 17 confirmed deaths in North Carolina related to Florence with the storm finally beginning to move away from the state. Cooper said danger was still prevalent, mostly in the form of severe flooding with rivers not having crested yet.
"The crisis in North Carolina continues," Cooper said as he opened his Monday news conference. "Catastrophic flooding and tornadoes are still claiming lives and property."
Sunday night, a one-year-old girl was swept away by rushing floodwaters in Union County after a woman drove through barricades on NC 218.
Cooper urged people to stay off the roads if possible and told evacuees not to try and return home at this point.