Flash Floods Lead To Several N.H. Rescues

Floodwaters from Hurricane Florence inundate the town of Trenton N.C. Sunday Sept. 16 2018

Floodwaters from Hurricane Florence inundate the town of Trenton N.C. Sunday Sept. 16 2018

The death toll rose to at least 34 in three states, with 26 fatalities in North Carolina, as Florence's remnants went in two directions: Water flowed downstream toward the Carolina coast, and storms moved through the Northeast, where flash floods hit New Hampshire and NY state. Florence knocked out power and left debris strewn across homes and streets.

The rain finally stopped and the sun peeked through on Monday (Tuesday NZT), but North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned that dangerously high water would persist for days.

In South Carolina, just south of the North Carolina border, I-95 travels through especially low-lying swamp land, and over the Great Pee Dee and Little Pee Dee rivers. Sixteen rivers in the state have reached major flood stages, with three more expected to peak in the next two days, he said.

Flash flood warnings are in effect across a large portion of southern and western North Carolina and parts of northeast SC and southwest Virginia, according to the NWS.

More than 1,200 roads in North Carolina were closed on Monday due to flooding from Hurricane Florence, now downgraded to a tropical depression, which brought record rain and storm surges to the state.

The Hornets and National Basketball Association merchandising partner Fanatics have also 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". "It's a notice to people that roads are flooded", he said.

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

"This is not a river...this is Interstate 40", the North Carolina Department of Transportation said of the video, ABC7 reported.

Speaking with members of the press outside of the Craven County Courthouse, Cooper said state and local governments have to figure out how to rebuild their communities after the destruction of Hurricane Florence.

"It's all true - Tony swooped in at 4am Wednesday morning to pick up our "leftovers" - the dogs with blocky heads, the ones with heartworm", the St. Francis Animal Center wrote on Facebook late Sunday.

In many areas, the brief period of the sun was wiped out by more rain but some evacuated residents were able to return to their homes to assess the damage.

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

North Carolina had deployed around 2,000 boats and 36 helicopters to help people stranded in floods, the state's director of emergency management, has said.

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