Deer run to safety after getting caught in catastrophic Hurricane Florence flash floods
A heard of deer have been filmed rushing to safety as Hurricane Florence continues to pummel America.
Video from WXII 12 News show the animals struggling to cross a road in neck-deep water in New Bern, North Carolina.
At least eight people have died as Hurricane Florence, downgraded to a tropical storm, heads weastward through the Carolinas.
Dozens of communities have been left devastated as torrential wind and rain batters the east coast.
Roads were closed and authorities warned of landslides, tornadoes and flash floods, with dams and bridges in peril as rivers and creeks swelled.
Around 676,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in South Carolina.
North Carolina officials have reported at least seven storm-related fatalities with unconfirmed reports of a further three deaths. South Carolina authorities reported one death.
‘This is still a catastrophic, life threatening storm,’ said Zack Taylor, a meteorologist with the National Weather Center’s Weather Prediction Center.
‘It has already dumped 20-to-30 inches of rain on parts of the Carolinas with more to come,’ he said. ‘And many of the rivers will see prolonged flooding, some not cresting for a few days.’
Around 50 stranded people were airlifted by helicopter in North Carolina, said Petty Officer Michael Himes of the U.S. Coast Guard. More than 26,000 hunkered down in shelters.
Authorities have warned that flash flooding and major river flooding are expected to continue over large parts of the Carolinas.
Up to 40 inches (102 cm) of rain are expected along coastal areas of the Carolinas and up to 10 inches in southwestern Virginia, the NHC said.
In Fayetteville, a North Carolina city of about 210,000 people about 90 miles inland, authorities told thousands of residents near the Cape Fear River and Little River to get out of their homes by Sunday afternoon because of the flood risk.
‘If you are refusing to leave during this mandatory evacuation, you need to do things like notify your legal next of kin because the loss of life is very, very possible,’ Mayor Mitch Colvin said at a news conference.
‘The worst is yet to come,’ he added.