Wilmington cut off from North Carolina by Florence flooding

This satellite image provided by NOAA shows Tropical Depression Florence moving west across the United States on Sunday September 16

This satellite image provided by NOAA shows Tropical Depression Florence moving west across the United States on Sunday September 16

As of Monday evening, a number of roads in Craven County were also closed in section where flooding impacted the area, including Maple Cypress Road, Streets Ferry Road, Piney Neck Road, River Road near State Camp Road, Sand Hill Road near Dover.

Six deaths have been confirmed in neighboring SC, with the latest being the driver of a pickup truck who drove into standing water in Lexington County.

Brock Long, of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said to expect more storm damage in North Carolina and other states. In Jones County, U.S. 17 was closed as the Trent River in Pollocksville began cresting at record flood stage on Monday.

Two men in their 70s died in Lenoir County. In Lumberton, where the Lumber River inundated homes, Fire Chief John Paul Ivey couldn't even count how many calls authorities had received about people needing to be rescued.

State officials have continually warned people not to drive through water.

"Please don't make yourself someone who needs to be rescued", he said.

Emergency workers delivered truckloads of food and water to Wilmington, a city of 120,000 people mostly cut off from the rest of North Carolina by Florence's still-rising floodwaters, as helicopters and boat pulled people from homes swamped by swollen rivers.

In New Bern, about 90 miles northeast of Wilmington at the confluence of two rivers, Florence overwhelmed the town of 30,000 and left the downtown area under water.

For more information on Florence, visit the FOX 46 resource center. We've already pumped out 7,000 gallons. "It's really going to take a while for the floodwaters to recede so that we can get in and conduct our damage assessment".

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Muddy river waters swamped entire communities and the coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina, was cut off by the flood waters. Residents hunkered down in their apartments, and streets in the usually buzzing city were deserted Sunday.

Many motorists driving on the just-reopened southbound I-95 lanes in SC appeared to be local, Collins said. "We didn't think it would be that bad".

The area, about 100 miles from the North Carolina coast, includes part of the city of Fayetteville.

The most rainfall recorded in SC was in the town of Loris, where 23.81 inches (0.6 meters) fell.

Many residents of the Carolinas have seen hurricane flooding before, but they say they haven't seen anything like the deluge Florence has dropped over both states since making landfall late last week.

The storm brought up to 40 inches of rain to some parts of southeastern North Carolina and northeastern SC, according to the National Weather Service.

"We had to evacuate. It was too risky to stay", Hammett said. "Some people have died down there".

The number of customers without power across North Carolina fell to just under 500,000, with about 20,000 in SC.

"The worst is yet to come" as river levels rise to historic levels, said Zach Taylor, a meteorologist with the US National Weather Service.

The flow of traffic Monday from North Carolina into SC was considerably less than it normally would be because large portions of I-95 in the Tar Heel State were closed due to flooding. Operation Care: Hurricane Florence Relief.

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