Carolinas brace for days of floods after Florence's deluge

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WRAL-TV reported that state emergency management officials are monitoring inland creeks and rivers as they pose a threat to some 167 high-risk dams in the state. "Immediate concern is pulling people out of water".

The National Weather Service is extending their flood advisory to include southwestern ME and parts of Rockingham county in southern New Hampshire.

He said that roughly 10,000 people who remain in shelters and "countless more" staying elsewhere.

Transportation officials on Tuesday were urging residents to stay off the roads as major freeways remain impassable.

A wastewater treatment plant is inundated from floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Marion, S.C., September 17, 2018.

The Cape Fear River at Chinquapin was up to 7.38 metres on Sunday morning, 22cm into a new record, and again, a dramatic 3.42m above flood level.

Coal ash is a byproduct of burning coal at power plants and contains metals like mercury and arsenic and can be toxic if it spreads to nearby bodies of water.

Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said the company had been very aggressive in preparing its coal ash basins ahead of Hurricane Florence. The incident occurred after the toddler and his mother became trapped in their vehicle amid rising flood waters.

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North Carolina environmental regulators said several open-air manure pits at hog farms had been breached and were spilling pollution.

WILMINGTON/FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -Rising flood waters threatened communities across the Carolinas on Tuesday as storm Florence menaced the U.S. Northeast with heavy rains and tornadoes after killing at least 32 people. 100% of the net proceeds of the "Carolina Strong" T-Shirt, which is now available online at NBAstore.com, Fanatics.com and HornetsFanShop.com for $24.99, will go to the Foundation For The Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response Fund.

More than 60 percent of homes and businesses were without power, authorities said.

Cooper said 2,600 people were rescued in North Carolina, along with 300 animals, and that the rescues were continuing.

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.

Chicken farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence near Trenton, N.C., September 16, 2018.

The storm has claimed lives in three states, including 25 in North Carolina, according to a count by the Associated Press.

Ahead of the storm that hit September 14, the VA closed five hospitals and 18 community-based outpatient clinics in the southeast coastal regions of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

On Monday, he will head to Wilmington, North Carolina - if he can make it there.

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