‘Cat­a­strophic’ wa­ter lev­els Florence al­ready broke rain­fall records, but more is com­ing.

The Washington Post Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - Lau­ren Tier­ney, Les­lie Shapiro, Shelly Tan, Tim Meko, You­jin Shin and Joe Fox

Florence has bro­ken the record in North Carolina for most rain in a sin­gle storm — 30 inches and count­ing. Flood­ing from both the storm surge and rain­fall could be “cat­a­strophic,” the Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter warned. Here’s a look at the del­uge so far.

As of Satur­day morn­ing, 385 peo­ple had been res­cued amid flood­ing in New Bern. The city has a down­town flanked by two rivers and took a sig­nif­i­cant hit in Florence’s early hours.

The loom­ing cri­sis is that Florence could linger along the coast for a few days, drench­ing a re­gion with rain it can­not hold. With the storm’s slow move­ment and pound­ing rain in mind, of­fi­cials fear the del­uge will take out bridges, cut off towns and de­stroy houses and farms, as Hur­ri­cane Matthew did in the same area in 2016.

Rain con­tin­ues to pour over the Wilmington area, where of­fi­cials are warn­ing that 14 more inches, on top of the 10 to 12 inches that have al­ready fallen, are ex­pected in the next 48 hours.

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