Death toll grows, fear of flooding as Florence downgraded to tropical depression

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The storm’s death toll climbed to 17 as authorities said two people died from inhaling carbon monoxide from a generator in their South Carolina home. About 740,000 homes and businesses remained without power in the Carolinas, and utilities said some could be out for weeks.

Radar showed parts of the storm over six states.

Rivers swelled toward record levels, forecasters said, and thousands of people were ordered to evacuate for fear that the next few days could bring the most destructive round of flooding in North Carolina history.