Photos and videos show Hurricane Florence's terrifying aftermath

North Carolina devastated in flood brought by deadly Florence

"It's awful", said Mitch Colvin, the mayor of Fayetteville, North Carolina, in the eastern part of the state, where the rising Cape Fear River was expected to swamp bridges and cut his city in two.

Republican 7th District Congressman David Rouzer will join Trump in North Carolina.

Four days after Florence blew ashore and began unloading more than 60cm of rain that paralysed much of North Carolina, Wilmington was still virtually cut off from the rest of the state, with just one road tentatively open as a supply route. One person was killed when Florence spawned at least 16 tornadoes on Monday in Virginia, where dozens of buildings were destroyed, the National Weather Service reported.

As part of the Charlotte Hornets' effort to help residents who have suffered the devastation caused by Hurricane Florence, Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan had donated $2 million to organizations aiding in the relief and recovery efforts. They show devastating flooding, homes destroyed by winds and fallen trees and rescues in action.

Flash flood warnings are in effect across a large portion of southern and western North Carolina and parts of northeast SC and southwest Virginia, according to the NWS.

Gov. Roy Cooper made a stop in New Bern Monday to tour parts of the city hardest hit by Hurricane Florence.

In many areas, the water remains high, and there's plenty to clean up and rebuild, but government officials say they're ready to get to work.

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A house is seen flooded by rain after Hurricane Florence swept through the town of Wallace North Carolina. Reuters

Although Hurricane Florence's immediate impact on the Carolinas wasn't as bad as some people expected, the rains that have been falling on the East coast for the last few days have brought flooding that seems decidedly Biblical.

Thousands of rescues have taken place in the Carolinas, and more than 650 people were taken to safety in and around Wilmington, North Carolina, said Barbi Baker, a spokeswoman for New Hanover County.

"There's too much going on..." Roads are being cleared and the landfill is open to accept storm refuse.

The flooding of coal ash dumps and hog farms in North Carolina has raised concerns about pollution, according to the Associated Press. "Please don't make yourself someone who needs to be rescued", he said even as rains stopped in several places after Florence moved on and the tired residents got a brief glimpse of sunshine on Monday.

Remnants from Florence are moving into the Northeast on Tuesday morning. The toxic ash could run off into the nearby Cape Fear River.

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

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