Wilmington cut off by extreme flooding as floodwaters rise in North Carolina

Wilmington cut off by extreme flooding as floodwaters rise in North Carolina

Wilmington cut off by extreme flooding as floodwaters rise in North Carolina

Flash floods, landslide warnings and "prolonged significant river flooding" throughout the region will continue for the next few days, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

Officials are monitoring the levee in Lumberton, NC, which had a breach over the weekend.

When they heard dogs howling in a flooded neighborhood, a group of people immediately went to investigate.

The Lumber River overflows onto a stretch Interstate 95 in Lumberton, N.C., September 18, 2018, following flooding from Hurricane Florence. After some navigation apps or in-car map directions sent people in North Carolina onto roads that got flooded or blocked by debris, Google-owned Waze said it was working with local governments and its own community of volunteer map editors to mark closures of more than 1,300 roads in North Carolina and hundreds more in SC and Virginia.

Continued historic, and likely catastrophic, flooding is expected.

In some places, the rain finally stopped, and the sun peeked through, but North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned that dangerously high water would persist for days. Further rescues are ongoing.

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

People who see price-gouging are advised to contact the state attorney general's office.

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

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North Carolina observed four-metre floodwaters on Sunday, with reports it was steadily rising.

The body of a 1-year-old was found Monday morning.

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.

Numerous poultry farms in the area also have been flooded, and on Monday one company Sanderson Farms said an estimated 1.7 million chickens had been killed and they are unable to get feed to 6.3 million animals at farms blocked by flooding. Six people died in SC, including four in vehicle accidents and two from carbon monoxide from a portable generator.

Dams and levees throughout North Carolina are in danger of failing.

"This is an epic storm that is still continuing", Cooper told a news conference. Authorities in Virginia said one person was dead after an apparent tornado.

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. Remember, these are households - not total people.

Right now, there is no way in or out of Wilmington - the city completely cut off by flooding. Alsup, from Greenback, Tennessee, heard about shelters closing and evacuations occurring, which is why he chose to help out by transporting the animals to nearby shelters that had room for more pets throughout the Carolina coast.

Five people were arrested Saturday in Wilmington, NC, after a looting incident at a Family Dollar store, WECT reported. One person was killed in Virginia by an apparent tornado whipped up by Florence, and six were killed in SC.

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