Travel snarled by flooding as Carolinas size up Florence's damage

The EPA also says that diesel fuel leaked from a train that derailed near Lilesville, North Carolina, because the tracks were flooded.

"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.

As the water recedes, NCDOT will still need time to inspect the roads to make sure they are safe before reopening them, said NCDOT spokesman Steve Abbott.

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.

Elsewhere in North Carolina, an 88-year-old man died after his vehicle was swept away.

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

Tens of thousands were ordered evacuated from communities along the state's steadily rising rivers - with the Cape Fear, Little River, Lumber, Waccamaw and Pee Dee rivers all projected to burst their banks.

On Monday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned the worst flooding may still be to come.

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As it moves north, Florence continues to dump rain on North and SC in already-flooded areas.

"I know it was hard to leave home, and it is even harder to wait and wonder whether you even have a home to go back to", Cooper said.

The report said that I-40 from Exit 385 near Wallace to the New Hanover County line is closed.

Downgraded from a tropical depression, the deadly storm still had abundant rain and top winds around 40kmh. Officials at the center said that its outlying clinics were tentatively scheduled to re-open on Wednesday, but added that actual re-openings were "to be determined based on factors like weather, road and facility condition as well as water and utility availability".

That's the takeaway from recent viral news stories coming out in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina, which are drawing attention to the plight of the animals left behind as owners are forced to flee the flooded region. The city took a direct hit when Florence plowed into the state as a hurricane on Friday and has been largely cut off since then due to storm surges and flooding from the Cape Fear River.

"BREAKING. We've observed a one-minute period of sunshine at the NWS Raleigh office", the NWS said on Twitter.

Jordan was raised in the coastal city of Wilmington before moving on to star at North Carolina and in the National Basketball Association.

Donald Trump, who is expected to visit the affected areas this week, has declared a disaster in several North Carolina counties and made federal funding available for the recovery efforts.

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