Florence pours on the rain in the Carolinas, swelling rivers

  • Authorities evacuate a family from rising waters caused by Florence, now a tropical storm, on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 in New Bern, N.C. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

  • Robert Simmons Jr. and his kitten “Survivor” are rescued from floodwaters after Hurricane Florence dumped several inches of rain in the area overnight, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 in New Bern, N.C. (Andrew Carter/The News & Observer via AP)

  • The mast of a sunken boat sits at a dock at the Grand View Marina in New Bern, N.C., on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. Winds and rains from Hurricane Florence caused the Neuse River to swell, swamping the coastal city. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — Emergency workers went door to door urging people to flee Florence’s rising floodwaters Saturday and rescuers used inflatable boats to pluck others from homes already submerged as the storm’s epic deluge swelled rivers and creeks across the Carolinas.

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