More wet misery, soggy messes as Florence floodwaters rise

Two U.S. Navy warships carrying helicopters and rescue equipment are in position off the East Coast to help with the response to hurricane-turned Tropical Depression Florence

Transportation officials strongly advised north-south travelers to take wide detours - involving traveling hundreds of additional miles - around the eastern parts of both Carolinas, where rising river waters, caused by Florence's torrential rains, were flooding stretches of I-95.

Florence, which was downgraded from a hurricane soon after it made landfall on the USA east coast, has killed eight people in North Carolina and three in SC.

With the rain and winds headed north, some residents in North and SC started to return to their homes as the sun peeked through the clouds briefly for the first time in days.

Trump is also addressing the impact of Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas. Up to 20,000 people are in emergency shelters in North Carolina alone.

"But they are evaluating that, and it could change at any time", Collins said about 3 p.m. Monday.

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

The Coast Guard said it had 26 helicopters and 11 aircraft looking for people in trouble. More rain and flooding is expected in the days to come, as the now-tropical depression slowly heads towards the Ohio Valley.

"Our city has suffered one of the worst storms ever in its 308-year history", Stephens said Monday. Six people died in SC, including four in auto accidents and two from carbon monoxide from a portable generator.

Some 2,800 North Carolina National Guardsmen were actively aiding rescue and relief efforts Sunday with another 1,000 on standby.

He is fed up with getting flooded out, but says he's stuck with the house he has.

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In Jacksonville, North Carolina, the flood water jumped over steel fences and swamped rural, wooded areas, prompting panic among residents.

In Bath, North Carolina, a homeowner's pier is sown left, before the storm, and right, what is left of it afterwards.

"North Carolinians are resilient and we will come back from this".

- A woman in SC died after striking a downed tree while she was driving. "Some people have died down there".

- Another man in Lenoir County was electrocuted while trying to connect two extension cords.

Florence was a tropical depression on Monday with maximum sustained winds of 45 kph as it headed through Virginia and toward New England. It was moving north at 13 miles per hour, whipping up 30-mph winds.

The state board said it's already sending out state ballots for several counties that can't do so because of flooding, power and internet outages or because their offices are inaccessible.

The storm is expected to move north through the Charlottesville, Virginia, area before heading toward the Ohio Valley, hitting West Virginia and western Pennsylvania.

In New Bern, about 140 kilometres northeast of Wilmington at the confluence of two rivers, Florence overwhelmed the town of 30,000 and left the downtown area under water.

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