Carolinas' crisis escalates as Florence shows its fiercest face

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Across southeastern North Carolina, thousands of residents are stranded by rising waters from Florence's floods.

At least 17 deaths were reported in North and SC.

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. He has been criticized for his handling of Hurricane Maria, which devastate Puerto Rico a year ago, and more recently for disputing the official death toll of 3,000.

Also ahead of Hurricane Florence, about 217 sick and disabled patients were moved from the Hampton, Virginia center and transported to other facilities in Martinsburg, West Virginia; Salem, Virginia; Richmond, Virginia; and Salisbury, North Carolina, VA officials said. Power is still out for the majority of residents, and the ongoing flooding will make it hard for the power company to begin work to restore downed lines.

Flooded roads have also prevented some North Carolina farmers from accessing their fields and livestock to assess damage, said Andrea Ashby, spokeswoman for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The rain finally stopped and the sun peeked through on Monday, but North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned that dangerously high water would persist for days. "We're seeing this happen now and the result is not good", Cooper said.

But the enormous rainfall from Hurricane Florence and its aftermath left clinics closed and hospitals isolated in flood-ravaged North Carolina.

At least 32 people have been killed since Florence came ashore as a hurricane on Friday, including 25 in North Carolina and six in SC.

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An abandoned car's hazard lights continue to flash as it sits submerged in a rising flood waters during pre-dawn hours after Hurricane Florence struck in Wilmington, N.C., on September 15, 2018. "I had a passion", Nichols said in the video.

Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, appeared with Cooper and said his agency would help restore power and open roads.

In Derry, Fire Chief Chief Mike Gagnon said seven people were rescued by boat Tuesday after water rose 5 to 6 feet outside several small businesses in an industrial area.

The flooding of coal ash dumps and hog farms in North Carolina has raised concerns about pollution, according to the Associated Press.

Russell Maloy walks over a rail track bridge near his home to check the level of the Cape Fear River which has been rising in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Hurricane Florence's torrential rains have flooded much of the area and washed over sections of numerous roads, including the interstate.

New Hanover County Commission chairman Woody White said: "Do not come here".

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

Remnants from Florence are moving into the Northeast on Tuesday morning.

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