Dozens of victims trapped in the flood waters due to Hurricane Florence have been rescued this weekend by the US Coast Guard.
The Category 1 storm that made landfall in North Carolina on Friday was downgraded to a tropical depression early Sunday morning. More than a dozen people have been killed due to the storm and dangerous flooding remains.
The U.S Coast Guard released video Sunday morning showing crews in a MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter rescuing people trapped in Onslow County, North Carolina.
According to the agency's twitter account, 57 people and 8 pets have been rescued so far by them, as of early Sunday.
The Coast Guard said Saturday that 104 members had been deployed in the incident command post on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, North Carolina. As part of that response, 35 shallow water rescue boat teams were also deployed in North Carolina.
"Weather conditions are allowing us to accelerate operations in the northeast portion of the state," said Capt. Bion Stewart, leader of the Coast Guard's response to Hurricane Florence in North Carolina. "We continue to assess conditions in the central and southeast portion of the state to identify opportunities to safely increase operations in those areas as well."