Travel snarled by flooding as Carolinas size up Florence's damage

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"I have been one of the lucky ones to move on and build an unbelievable career", said Jordan, who played college basketball at North Carolina.

The storm has pummeled North Carolina, leaving people stranded at home, blocked from traveling, sweltering as they wait for the power to come on and the water to recede.

"There's too much going on", he said.

Five days after Florence made landfall, more than a dozen rivers in the state have reached the stage of major flooding, with three more expected to peak in the next two days.

"We had flooding from the storm surge that people in the southeastern part of the state experienced along with significant flash flooding", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said. "I can't get home either", Chafin said.

Items have been brought into the city by big military trucks and helicopters, which also have been used to pluck hundreds of desperate people from atop homes and other structures. "Things are deteriorating", he said.

As evacuees continue to seek refuge in shelters across the state, Cooper warned people in Pender, New Hanover and Brunswick counties not to return home.

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The dead included a 1-year-old boy swept away from his mother as they tried to escape their vehicle amid floodwaters. More than 4,300 homes were damaged or destroyed in the storm and over 300 businesses faced the same fate, he said.

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While dealing with Florence in the Carolinas, the Trump administration's disaster relief chief found himself talking on Sunday news shows about the death toll in Puerto Rico from last year's Hurricane Maria, which President Donald Trump loudly disputed on Twitter.

At Fayetteville, about 100 miles inland, near the Army's sprawling Fort Bragg, the Cape Fear River had risen about 50 feet toward a crest that was predicted to be more than 25 feet above flood level.

Downgraded from a tropical depression, the deadly storm still had abundant rain and top winds around 25 miles per hour (40 kph). "We're seeing this happen now and the result is not good", Cooper said.

Michael Jordan is donating $2 million dollars to assist residents affected by Hurricane Florence.

Officials on Tuesday raised the death toll from the previously reported 20 deaths to 32, according to CBS News, with 25 of those deaths resulting from the storm's devastation in North Carolina, six in SC, and one in Virginia. The state has closed down 334 hog lagoons located in flood plains since Hurricane Floyd in 1999, the group said.

First responders have reported rescuing and evacuating more than 2,200 people and 578 animals. Power outages in the Southeast also were down, from a high of more than 910,000 to about 310,000, almost all in North Carolina.