Carolinas brace for days of floods after Florence's deluge

N.C. Hwy 731 between Montgomery County and Stanly County | Michael Lanier

N.C. Hwy 731 between Montgomery County and Stanly County | Michael Lanier

Still stranded by Florence's epic floods days after the hurricane hit the USA state of North Carolina, Wilmington residents lined up by the hundreds on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ Time) for free food, water and tarps as officials struggled to open new routes to one of the state's largest cities.

The 55-year-old Jordan still has family and friends in coastal North Carolina. Authorities in Virginia said one person was dead after an apparent tornado.

"Patients and staff alike, please exercise caution and place safety first", officials at the Fayetteville VAMC, near Fort Bragg, said.

Michael Jordan is donating $2 million dollars to assist residents affected by Hurricane Florence.

"The state of North Carolina is going to be with New Bern and Craven County for the long haul", said Cooper.

Inch after inch of rain fell on Charlotte and its suburbs, and communities in North Carolina's western mountains feared landslides.

More than 1,100 roads were still closed across North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper said on Tuesday, including several portions of Interstates 40 and 95.

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"We're in a floodplain but a hundred-year one", he said as floodwaters lapped at the house's front steps.

"They are flooded", Hanover County spokesperson Janine Powell said. "Now we're having river flooding, many of our rivers are approaching unsafe flood levels and the flooding is only going to increase in those areas".

"The floodwaters were rising so I figured I better get out of there", he said.

Incredible footage shows the moment rescuers freed six dogs locked up in an outdoor cage in North Carolina during Hurricane Florence, as the water level began rapidly rising. The Little River in Manchester topped Hurricane Matthew's flood record at 32.19 feet.

The storm killed at least 11 people in North Carolina, including a mother and child hit by a falling tree, state officials said. Roads were being cleared and the landfill was open to accept storm refuse.

The storm dumped more than 8 trillion gallons (30 trillion liters) of rain on North Carolina, the weather service said. "Please don't make yourself someone who needs to be rescued", he said even as rains stopped in several places after Florence moved on and the tired residents got a brief glimpse of sunshine on Monday. On Tuesday, the storm's remnants were continuing to soak the mid-Atlantic region and southern New England with heavy rain.

More than 488,000 households in North Carolina and 20,000 in SC are without power, according to state officials.

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