Florence death toll rises to 32 as floodwaters linger in North Carolina

Search and rescue workers check cars in a flooded neighbourhood of Fayetteville North Carolina

Search and rescue teams check cars in a flooded neighbourhood of Fayetteville North Carolina Credit David Goldman AP

The city of Wilmington, North Carolina remains largely cut off from the rest of the state.

At least 17 deaths were reported in North and SC.

Ahead of the storm that hit September 14, the VA closed five hospitals and 18 community-based outpatient clinics in the southeast coastal regions of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

"I know for many people this feels like a nightmare that just won't end", he said.

He's a father who's seen a lot, but nothing, quite like this. neighbors in the small coastal community understand, this is an important picture of what Florence is leaving behind.

More than 1,100 roads are closed across the state Tuesday, Cooper said, and about 343,000 people are still without power.

During a reception for Hispanic Heritage month, Trump recognized the victims of the hurricane and the flooding.

"The storm has never been more risky than it is right now", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said at a news conference yesterday. "But we're asking people to wait a while before they come home". He said the river is expected to crest at 61 to 62 feet around 12 p.m. Wednesday.

While Florence has moved on, the U.S. National Weather Service said that "major river flooding will persist in the Carolinas through the week".

The storm killed at least 11 people in North Carolina, including a mother and child hit by a falling tree, state officials said. Or northbound motorists from Georgia could get off I-95 and take either I-26 or I-20 to Columbia and then catch I-77 to Charlotte, the agency said. Roads were being cleared and the landfill was open to accept storm refuse. The flooding could presist for several weeks in some areas.

It has dumped up to 100 cm of rain on North Carolina since Thursday, the NWS said.

Forecasters with the NWS expect Florence to move northeastward Monday and east across the southern part of New England on Tuesday.

Russell Maloy walks over a rail track bridge near his home to check the level of the Cape Fear River which has been rising in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

He has rescued at least 53 dogs and 11 cats so far, he told The Greenville News, emptying out four shelters in the path of Florence, which was downgraded to a tropical storm after making landfall on Friday, and moving them to a shelter in Alabama, where they'll be distributed ― and adopted ― across the country.

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

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