North Carolina official on Florence: 'It's bad... and we do expect it to get worse'

ABC News' Eva Pilgrim and North Carolina Emergency Management Director Michael Sprayberry provide an update on the situation in North Carolina on "This Week."
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Transcript for North Carolina official on Florence: 'It's bad... and we do expect it to get worse'
After making lanalday, orence sti wreaking havoc in the caronas. E slow moving system is now a tpical depression us F foding and record rainfal and majornder water, partsora been indated with over 30 is of rain. Florence has claimed at least 13 s.coast guarare perfming save those trapped in T ho one of the biggest concernsow is rising river levelshat could make a bad situationn worse. ABC's Eva pilgrim has been follg this STO a M Fayetteville, north carolina.eva you'renland whflorence wreak the most havoc. Understan officls predicting flooding beyond any they have ever seen. Let mow you what we're looking at. This it'sovg very quickly and it's Ver high. You can tell that wheouk at the proximity of it next to the GE. Ten inches of rain in this area. E expecting not eight tohes.e highest it's before was hurricane Matthew in 201 it wasbout 31 feet. They're predict will crest much hi than that at aboutfeet. Off the rer at puts mequarely under water puts into perspective why they don't want people to be this area when the river crests. Jo Wheyor ordered a mandatorevacuation this afrnoon say a who E should be of kin. Thatou dire. Are people heeding the warning? E drove and and load at these neighborhoods. A of people are inir homes. At this point they've got about S to get O Ary en order as well. Itll goes into effect at 3:00 M. Today. The Rea is whenou loo other parts of the St that are under water, they'aving to do rescues. The coast guard having to go rescue people with choppto get . Wt to Eva, thankou. 'Sthe direct of emergenanagement. Y G to get worse.w bad is and how Bado you expect it to be?s bad righnow. We do expect it to get worse oming days. We have over 1,000 search and rescue personnel are out in the operation. We know it's going to be a major mission going forward. Th I a unprecedented flooding. Lot of mar storms, a lot of bigurricanes in North Carolina. How does this one compare? I would tell you that this is onat's for the recoroks. Wee had unpredented ini said and flood we've ome extreme coastal storm surge that was well-predicted by the national hurricane center. We some highinds. Ed- I will tell yhe winds ended up thankfullt being as high as expe. Weade threat. We had a lot of to north rolina janryes. Ha lot of work cut out for us. We're still in the response phase ghw. Inow you're still in the response phrase. There's a lot more rain and. Doou have annitial sessment O damage is and what it is going to take to recover? I can tell you that we' already sister declaration from the federavernment.we're look add more counties tat. In the coming days this wie a long-terrecovery. As you know we're recovering from hcane math in October of 2016. Will be a massive longer recovery. , We're in the midst of a veryive and large ae. So feople that H asked to evacuate,e really want tto heed the advice their local officials and evacuate.ou're at ttate commander in raleh. Are you tting evhing you need from the Fede Absolutely. Have an iident moment assistanam. Have a feral coordinating cer with T deputies here. We have R our administrator right here with us. We have a largmber of urn search and rescuams, swift water teams, the coauard, all here from the federal government to assist us. It's a full team effort they're in into the one team north Cana, one team, one mission. Thankou. Look forwd to talking to you soon getti another thanyou.

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