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

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

Officials are eyeing river levels after the deluge of rain that measures in feet, not inches.

Reed Timmer reports as floodwaters inundate Wilmington, North Carolina, cutting off the city from the rest of the state.

Workers will begin handing out supplies to stranded residents in the city of 120,000 people beginning Tuesday morning, county officials say.

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The Coast Guard said it had 26 helicopters and 11 aircraft looking for people in trouble.

The death toll climbed to 32, with 25 fatalities in North Carolina, as authorities found the body of a 1-year-old boy who was swept away after his mother drove into floodwaters and lost her grip on him while trying to get back to dry land.

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The dead included a one-year-old boy who was swept away after his mother drove into floodwaters and lost grip on him as they tried to escape their vehicle.

Florence was causing severe weather over Virginia as it moved north, with WWBT reporting a tornado outbreak that included at least one touchdown.

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.

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.

WILMINGTON/FAYETTEVILLE, N.C., Sept 17 (Reuters) - Rescue teams were trying to reach hundreds of people on Monday and racing against rising rivers and floods that could last for days after Florence dumped record rain on the Carolinas and killed at least 31 people.

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

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Wilmington's mayor, Bill Saffo, said he was working with the governor's office to get more fuel into the city.

Roads remain treacherous, he said, and some are still being closed for the first time as rivers swelled by torrential rains inland drain toward the Atlantic.

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President Donald Trump issued a disaster declaration for North Carolina, the White House said Saturday.

As the remnants of Florence bombard the Northeast Tuesday, residents in the Carolinas are reeling from the massive flooding that is only going to worsen in the days ahead.

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