Travel snarled by flooding as Carolinas size up Florence's damage

Travel snarled by flooding as Carolinas size up Florence's damage

The rain stopped falling, but the water remains, endless water clogging up highways, overwhelming gauges meant to measure rivers, stretching out in every direction.

"We just thought, you know, like a lot of people, didn't think it was actually going to be as bad as it did", said North Carolina resident Famous Roberts.

Florence's remnants, described by the National Weather Service as a post-tropical cyclone, rolled over the northeast United States, hitting parts of southern NY and northern Pennsylvania.

The Department of Public Safety website showed eight additional deaths in more counties around the state, including two deaths in Sampson County, one death in Pender County, one death in Robeson County and another in Anson County.

Civil Air patrol members handing a case of water to a citizen

The Associated Press confirmed the latest death toll on September 18, and the majority of them were in North Carolina.

Florence and its deluge have washed out the normal contours of life across the Tar Heel State.

Multiple buildings at a facility in the Lumberton area were flooded, according to a press release from Sanderson Farms, Inc. on Tuesday. "Helping people who need it", said Cooper. About 10,000 people had filled the state's shelters, while many others sought sanctuary with family, friends or hotels.

"Road conditions are starting to improve in some parts of our state but rising creeks, streams and rivers continue to make travel unsafe", Cooper said.

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South Carolina's governor was doing a flyover of Florence's flooding in his state when he spotted two men stranded atop a flooded pickup truck.

"We're dealing with some very, very tough situations with respect to the impassable roads coming into the city of Wilmington", Mayor Bill Saffo told residents on Twitter.

North Carolina environmental regulators say several open-air manure pits at hog farms have failed, spilling pollution.

Officials says "danger still immediate" as record flooding continues to plague parts of the U.S. state.

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He regrets it. The Neuse River, normally 150 feet away, lapped near his door in New Bern, North Carolina, on Sunday even as the storm had "weakened" further.

The highest observed rainfall total was in Elizabethtown, North Carolina, where just shy of 36 inches of rain was reported.

One person was killed in Virginia when the storm spawned about 16 tornadoes there on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

The death toll from the storm rose to at least 32 in three states, with 25 fatalities in North Carolina, as remnants of the once-powerful Category 4 hurricane - now reduced to a rainy, windy mass of low pressure - dumped rain on the heavily populated Northeast.

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A flash flood warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for Rockingham, Cheshire, and Hillsborough counties.

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