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Thousands of fire ants are forming Thousands of fire ants are forming"rafts in Florence's floodwaters. Shutterstock Gadi Schwartz Twitter
Ellis Copeland | 19 September, 2018, 11:47

The National Weather Service said Tuesday that even with Florence gone, a stretch of the eastern USA spanning hundreds of miles from SC to Virginia was still vulnerable to moderate or major flooding.

Jordan, 55, who grew up Wilmington, North Carolina, told The Associated Press Tuesday that he believed he "had to act in a sense that this is my home".

As part of a tour through the city to survey the destruction, Governor Roy Cooper met with volunteers as the vehicle line opened to help pass out a portion of the more than 17,000 meals.

-Storm deaths: Florence is being blamed for at least 18 deaths in the Carolinas, while Typhoon Mangkhut has killed at least 69 people in the Philippines and China.

The city of Wilmington, North Carolina remains largely cut off from the rest of the state.

"I'm very pleased with where we are but I know we've got a long way to go, because this event's not over", Long said at the news briefing with Cooper, where he was asked no questions about the investigation dogging him in Washington. High winds brought down trees and damaged homes. "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.

The Cape Fear River was also expected to keep rising in Fayetteville, a city of 200,000 in the southern part of the state near the Fort Bragg army base, according to the National Weather Service.

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Crews have conducted about 700 rescues in New Hanover County, where Wilmington is located. "We're seeing this happen now and the result is not good", Cooper said.

At the White House, President Donald Trump said nearly 20,000 military personnel and federal workers were deployed to help with the aftermath.

A deluge from the remnants of Hurricane Florence has flooded parts of New Hampshire, forcing firefighters to rescue several people.

Downgraded from a tropical depression, the deadly storm still had abundant rain and top winds around 25 miles per hour (40 kph).

Florence has already killed at least 35 people, including 26 in North Carolina and eight in SC where local media reported that two mental health patients drowned on Tuesday when the sheriff's van the women were in crashed. Officials are monitoring the bridge and could close it if water reaches the roadway.

Road conditions can change hourly and for the latest information, motorists are advised to check with the departments of transportation and highway patrols of each state.

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