Florence: North Carolina's rivers still rising after record rain

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People gather on a truck in floodwater caused by Hurricane Florence, now downgraded to a tropical depression, in Lumberton, North Carolina on September 17, 2018.

A rupture in the coal ash landfill at the L.V. Sutton Power Station in Wilmington, N.C., allows contaminated gray water to flow toward Sutton Lake, near the Cape Fear River, Sept. 16, 2018. Levees are straining against the sheer amount of water.

As of Tuesday, the state reported that several lagoons had overflowed or filled with floodwaters, with many areas still being assessed for damage.

Officials were preparing to distribute food, water and tarpaulins in the city of 120,000, as more people were rescued from flooded neighborhoods.

"I know it was hard for them to leave and it's even more difficult for them to be waiting at home not knowing what is happening here or whether they even have a home to come back to", said Cooper.

Officials are monitoring the levee in Lumberton, NC, which had a breach over the weekend.

Some 20 FEMA trucks have arrived with enough food and water to feed 60,000 people over the next four days.

In North Carolina, transportation officials Tuesday continued advising motorists who ordinarily might take southbound I-95 from Virginia to SC that flooding has made long sections of I-95 in North Carolina impassable.

More than 900 people were rescued from rising floodwaters and 15,000 remain in shelters in the state, Mr Cooper said.

Continued historic, and likely catastrophic, flooding is expected.

'Time running out' for residents to escape Hurricane Florence
These categories are based only on the speed of sustained winds , not other deadly factors like storm surge, rainfall or flooding. When: While Florence's wind speeds have dropped to 105 miles per hour Thursday morning, it remains a massive and powerful storm.

Although Hurricane Florence's immediate impact on the Carolinas wasn't as bad as some people expected, the rains that have been falling on the East coast for the last few days have brought flooding that seems decidedly Biblical. Further rescues are ongoing. The agency is monitoring 48 sites in North Carolina and 36 in SC.

People who see price-gouging are advised to contact the state attorney general's office.

Florence has finally moved on from North Carolina, but we're still learning just how incredible this storm was.

"It's up to people like us in a small team to go out there and go take care of folks", Nichols said in the video.

Additionally, Hornets and National Basketball Association merchandising partner Fanatics has designed a special T-shirt featuring the Hornets logo in the middle of the states of North and SC surrounded by the words "Carolina Strong".

The body of a 1-year-old was found Monday morning.

Another man's body was found in floodwaters next to his vehicle in Union county, WSOC reported. The 8-month-old's mother was also killed. A tornado warning was issued near Salem, Massachusetts.

Dams and levees throughout North Carolina are in danger of failing.

More than 25 inches of rain has already fallen in parts of North Carolina, and more than 15 inches of rain has fallen in parts of SC. On Tuesday, the storm's remnants were continuing to soak the mid-Atlantic region and southern New England with heavy rain.

Trump said nearly 20,000 military personnel and federal workers were deployed to help with the aftermath of Florence in the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic, and they would "do whatever it takes to keep the American people safe".

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