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

Florence weakens, but threat of flooding rises - AM

NBA legend Michael Jordan, who played high school basketball in Wilmington, North Carolina - one of the areas devastated by Hurricane Florence - is donating $2 million to assist residents of the Carolinas. The National Weather Service considers flooding to be "devastating " once a height of 23 feet is reached for the river.

Desperate for gas to run a generator at home, Nick Monroe waited in a half-mile-long (more than.8-kilometer) line at a Speedway station even though the pumps were wrapped in plastic. The storm hit as a Category 1 hurricane near Wrightsville Beach Friday morning and moved slowly across the Carolinas, leading to historic rain. "It's a notice to people that roads are flooded", he said.

The dead included a one-year-old boy who was swept away after his mother drove into floodwaters and lost grip on him as they tried to escape their auto. The woman had driven around barricades to reach a closed road, the sheriff's office in Union County, near North Carolina's border with SC, said on Facebook.

As of Tuesday, while some flooding at a coal ash pond and at animal waste lagoons had been reported but EPA officials say they are still monitoring the situation to identify any broader impact on the environment. "They are flooded", Hanover County spokesperson Janine Powell said.

Mayor Bill Saffo said two routes were now open into Wilmington, which had been completely cut off by floodwaters, but those roads could close again as water swells the Cape Fear River on the city's west side.

"Road conditions are starting to improve in some parts of our state but rising creeks, streams and rivers continue to make travel unsafe", Cooper said in a news conference.

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They included three who died 'due to flash flooding and swift water on roadways, ' the Duplin County Sheriff's Office reported . Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Brock Long, said he expects the number of deaths to rise as flooding persists.

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation in Fayetteville shut the bridge off to the public at 5:30 p.m. NCDOT warns that during a big storm there's a lag time between when a road becomes impassable and when it gets marked as closed on the website.

The remainder of the deaths have resulted from drownings, electrocutions, carbon monoxide poisoning, and falling trees, such as the deaths of a mother and her infant, who were killed after a tree fell on their North Carolina home.

"Thank you, " a shirtless Willie Schubert mouthed to members of a Coast Guard helicopter crew who picked up him and his dog Lucky from atop a house encircled by water in Pollocksville on Monday.

Property damage from the storm is expected to come to $17 billion to $22 billion, the risk management firm Moody's Analytics said.

An abandoned car's hazard lights continue to flash as it sits submerged in a rising flood waters during pre-dawn hours after Hurricane Florence struck in Wilmington, N.C., on September 15, 2018.

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