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

Search and rescue workers check cars in a flooded neighbourhood of Fayetteville North Carolina

Search and rescue teams check cars in a flooded neighbourhood of Fayetteville North Carolina Credit David Goldman AP

The death toll from Hurricane Florence had increased to 32 people on Tuesday morning, as officials rushed to get relief to a North Carolina city still largely marooned from the rest of the state by flood water.

The 55-year-old Jordan still has family and friends in coastal North Carolina.

A one-year-old boy is the youngest victim to have been killed by the storm after he fell out of his mother's hands near Charlotte, North Carolina. About 14,000 people are in shelters, officials said. In addition to Florence and Harvey, Alsup also lent his support when hurricanes battered Florida and Puerto Rico previous year.

The former National Basketball Association star says the destruction caused by the hurricane to his hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina, prompted him to act quickly.

During a reception for Hispanic Heritage month, Trump recognized the victims of the hurricane and the flooding.

Residents (from left) Mike Haddock, 48, Katlyn Humphrey, 19, Michelle Haddock, 45, and Justin Humphrey, 24, remove possessions from the Haddock's flooded home using a jon boat in Trenton, North Carolina.

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The rain finally stopped and the sun peeked through on Monday, but North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned that dangerously high water would persist for days.

"Routes we have only support first responders", Trogdon 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.

Major flooding is expected to continue in the state after Florence's passing or even worsen in some areas.

Crews have conducted about 700 rescues in New Hanover County, where Wilmington is located.

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

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The river reached 58 feet during Hurricane Matthew. Roads were being cleared and the landfill was open to accept storm refuse.

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

The Cape Fear River near Fayetteville has quadrupled in depth, and it's only going to get worse - likely bringing more untold misery.

Forecasters with the NWS expect Florence to move northeastward Monday and east across the southern part of New England on Tuesday.

The remnants of tropical storm Florence are moving through New Hampshire today and heavy rain is in the forecast until tonight.

More than 488,000 households in North Carolina and 20,000 in SC are without power, according to state officials.

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