September 17, 2018 16:10 IST

Hurricane Florence hits hard in Carolina

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Oliver Kelly, 1 year old, cries as he is carried off the sheriff's airboat Tropical Storm Florence dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and South Carolina as it trudged inland on Saturday, knocking out power and causing at least eight deaths as flood waters that have devastated many communities kept rising. Florence's intensity has diminished since it roared ashore along the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast on Friday as a hurricane. But its slow march over the two states, crawling west at only 3 miles per hour (6 km per hour), is expected to leave large parts of the region deluged in the coming days, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said late Saturday. Oliver Kelly, 1 year old, cries as he is carried off the sheriff's airboat during his rescue from rising flood waters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Leland, North Carolina, U.S., September 16, 2018. Credit: Reuters
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A volunteer from the community pulls a boat holding a mother and several of her children A volunteer from the community pulls a boat holding a mother and several of her children during their rescue from rising flood waters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, in Leland, North Carolina, U.S., September 16, 2018. Credit: Reuters
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Panicked dogs that were left caged by an owner who fled rising flood waters Panicked dogs that were left caged by an owner who fled rising flood waters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, are rescued by volunteer rescuer Ryan Nichols of Longview, Texas, in Leland, North Carolina, U.S., September 16, 2018. Credit: Reuters
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A partially submerged car is pictured on a flooded street A partially submerged car is pictured on a flooded street after Hurricane Florence struck Piney Green, North Carolina, U.S., September 16, 2018. Credit: Reuters
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A man swims in a flooded street A man swims in a flooded street after the passage of Hurricane Florence in New Bern, North Carolina, U.S., September 16, 2018. Credit: Reuters