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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

A man wades through rising flood waters on the Cape Fear River during Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina on 14 September 2018.

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

About 500,000 homes and businesses were in the dark on Monday in North and SC and surrounding states.

A portion of a motel collapsed from the weight of water, which made only the roof of the Starlite Motel visible in Spring Lake in Cumberland County, said Sherita Brooks of the county's Division of Social Services.

"I know the kind of people who live here and I know North Carolinians want to help", he said. An olive-drab military forklift moved around huge pallets loaded with supplies.

Of the 33 storm-related deaths, at least 26 were in North Carolina, six were in SC and one was in Virginia. The flooding could presist for several weeks in some areas. It's not clear when that might happen.

The coastal city took a direct hit when Hurricane Florence came ashore and has been largely cut off since then due to storm surges and flooding from the Cape Fear River.

The death toll rose Monday when search and rescue teams in North Carolina discovered the body of 1-year-old Kaiden Lee-Welch, who "was swept away in rushing waters from Richardson Creek", according to the Union County Sheriff's Office.

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On Tuesday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper reported a 26th death from Florence - and warned the danger will continue.

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. "I've been here for 18 years", Kim Saffo said. But thanks to professional and amateur photographers, you can at least get some sense of the devastation that Hurricane Florence is leaving in its path.

North Carolina can't take any more flooding, but it's going to have to anyway.

"They are flooded", Hanover County spokesperson Janine Powell said. About half of all homes and businesses were without power Tuesday, a big improvement from a day earlier.

"The next 48-hours are extremely critical", said Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"At this time, things are moving as well as can be in the city", he said.

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

Downgraded from a tropical depression, the deadly storm still had abundant rain and top winds around 25 miles per hour.

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