Disaster is declared as seven die in US storm
US President Donald Trump has declared a disaster in North Carolina where a tropical storm has killed seven amid warnings the worst is far from over.
Storm Florence’s top sustained winds have weakened to 50mph but it is projected to bring further catastrophic flash flooding.
More than 2ft of rain has already fallen on some towns, and forecasters warn that rainfall could total 3.5ft.
Nearly one million householders have no electricity in the Carolinas.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, at least 14 people died when Typhoon Mangkhut ripped through the Philippines.
Two of the deaths were rescuers killed trying to help people trapped in a landslide.
Yesterday, the typhoon moved through the Philippines’ main island of Luzon, causing devastation before moving west towards China.
The storm tore off roofs, felled trees and triggered 42 landslides and extensive flooding.
The typhoon recalls memories of the deadliest storm on record in the Philippines — Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, which killed more than 7,000 people.
Storm Florence causes flash flooding in the US, left