Florence Video: Herd of Deer Cross Flooded Road in North Carolina

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September 16, 2018 Updated: September 16, 2018

A herd of deer was captured trying to cross a flooded road in Jacksonville, North Carolina, amid flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Florence.

It’s not clear when the footage was shot.

Dozens of communities in the Carolinas were devastated by excessive flooding triggered by storm surge and heavy rains.

It comes as officials said that the wild horses on North Carolina’s Outer Banks were unharmed during Florence. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund, an organization  devoted to protecting and managing the herd of wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs, said that the horses were “doing their normal thing … grazing, socializing, and wondering what us crazy humans are all worked up over,” according to The Associated Press.

The National Park Service’s Cape Hatteras National Seashore wrote that all of the ponies in another herd in the area “are safe.” It added, “We are happy to announce that all of the Ocracoke ponies are safe and that the pony pen did not sustain any damage from Hurricane Florence.”

However, the storm reportedly killed 14 people in the Carolinas, and it knocked out power for hundreds of thousands.

Rain from the storm, now a tropical depression, is forecast to fall on the two states, causing more flooding

Update

In an update on 11 a.m., the National Hurricane Center said Florence is continuing to produce heavy rainfall over North Carolina and northern South Carolina. It warned that river flooding and flash flooding will persist.

“Flash flood warnings are currently in effect across a large portion of southeastern North Carolina and portions of far northeastern South Carolina,” the agency said. “Flash flood watches are in effect across much of North Carolina … northern South Carolina and portions of southwest Virginia.”

Some weakening is forecast to take place in the next two days.

“The worst flooding is yet to come for portions of the Carolinas, the southern/central Appalachians from western NC to west-central VA and far eastern WV,” the National Weather Service said on Twitter on Sept. 15.

AP at around 1 p.m. ET reported that the entire city of Wilmington, North Carolina, was cut off by floodwaters. Officials are asking for help from the National Guard and state law enforcement.

New Hanover County spokeswoman Janine Powell told the Port City Daily that residents who have evacuated should “stay away and off the roads altogether.”

“We have sent damage assessment teams out this morning,” Powell said. “We just got word from the state highway patrol that I-40 is impassable.”

Interstate 40 is the main road between Wilmington and Raleigh.

Gov. Roy Cooper said on Sept. 16 that the storm has “never been more dangerous” than it is now for areas from Fayetteville and Lumberton, across the Sandhills and central part of the state into the mountains, according to the news agency.

FEMA Administrator Brock Long said that rebuilding could cost “in the billions of dollars,” Fox News reported.

“This is going to be a long, frustrating recovery,” Long said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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