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Five arrested for looting as Florence kills 13

Five people have been arrested for looting in the North Carolina city of Wilmington as rain and flooding from storm Florence continue to cause chaos.

Police said that the five were arrested on Saturday, suspected of breaking into a local shop.

They did not say what had been stolen but said charges “are pending”.

Footage posted on social media showed mostly young men walking out of the Family Dollar shop holding goods, including a crate of drinks. Some carried full plastic bags and another was seen pushing a shopping trolley.

The city is under curfew from 10pm until 6am but the area affected by looting has been given an extended curfew of 5pm until 6am.

Baby airlifted to safety from floods following effects of Florence in North Carolina


Baby and pets in N Carolina flood airlift
Flood waters lap at a high water warning sign that was partially pushed over by Hurricane Florence on Oak Island, North Carolina
Ten people in North Carolina and three in South Carolina have been confirmed dead

Florence, which was downgraded from a hurricane soon after it made landfall on the US east coast, has killed eight people in North Carolina and three in South Carolina.

It was downgraded further to a tropical depression on Sunday morning.

However, while winds have weakened to around 35mph, the danger is now posed by torrential rain and flooding.

North Carolina governor Roy Cooper said: “All roads in the state right now are at risk of floods.

“As rivers keep rising and rain keeps falling, the flooding will spread.

“More and more inland counties are issuing mandatory evacuations to get people to safety quickly.”

An abandoned car's hazard lights continue to flash as it sits submerged in a rising flood waters during pre-dawn hours after Hurricane Florence struck in Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S., September 15, 2018

He had said on Saturday that “epic amounts of rainfall” were being “unloaded” as the weather system’s progress slowed to just 3mph over the east of the state.

Hundreds of thousands of homes across North and South Carolina are without power and tens of thousands of people are in emergency shelters.

:: Sky correspondent in Wilmington: Florence like being under a power shower

Obrad Gavrilovic peers out the window of his flooded home while considering whether to leave with his wife and pets, as waters rise in Bolivia, North Carolina, U.S
Obrad Gavrilovic is considering whether to leave his home in Bolivia, North Carolina
A gas station with its roof blown off is seen as Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Wilmington

Forecasters fear that the coming days could bring the worst flooding in North Carolina’s history as rivers swell towards record levels.

More than 2ft (60cm) of rain has fallen in some places, and forecasters say there could be an additional 1½ft (45cm) before the end of today.

Thousands of people living within a mile of part of the Cape Fear River and Little River have been ordered to leave their homes.

The area, about 100 miles from the North Carolina coast, includes part of the city of Fayetteville.

One of those ordered to leave was John Rose, who owns a furniture business with stores near the river.

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He and his staff managed to move more than 1,000 mattresses from a low-lying warehouse.

“If the river rises to the level they say it’s going to, then this warehouse is going to be under water,” he said.

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