NC struggling to recover after Florence brings historic flooding

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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. "Overall I'm extremely pleased", said Robertson, who owns the pier.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper reported 2,600 people have been rescued and evacuated, in addition to 300 animals in the state.

The catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Florence has left several major highways in North Carolina, including portions of Interstate 95, underwater and officials are urging people to stay away.

The mother had driven around barricades on a stretch of road that had been closed, the post said. Water is responsible for the vast majority of deaths in hurricanes and tropical storms, but that hazard isn't included in the system forecasters used when they described the storm as a "Category 1 hurricane" at landfall.

The Coast Guard said it had 26 helicopters and 11 aircraft looking for people in trouble. In the port city of Wilmington, residents awoke to the sound of power transformers blowing up, plunging homes into darkness as Hurricane Florence's howling winds whipped through the streets sending metal signs, water and debris flying.

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

"The soil is soaked and can't absorb any more rain so that water has to go somewhere, unfortunately", he said, adding that the rivers would start to crest on Monday.

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Gov. Henry McMaster, along with emergency state officials, gave a press conference Tuesday afternoon talking about their concerns and preparation for flooding, and the closures of roads.

"Wilmington truly is my home", Jordan said of his hometown in an interview with The Charlotte Observer on Tuesday.

The state, he said, is going to try to send inspectors to check on bridges in the next day or two to determine if the county can receive shipments of food and fuel from the outside.

Tree crews don't remove trees if they're tangled up with downed power lines, based on national safety standards, the city report said.

"We've been going so hard and fast we don't have a number yet", he said.

The City of Greensboro said in a statement Tuesday that about 63,000 gallons (about 240,000 liters) of untreated wastewater flowed from a sanitary sewer main for about four hours on Sunday.

President Donald Trump has also announced plans to visit the flood-hit region this week but a date has not yet been set. Officials warned residents to avoid driving around barricades. 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".