Florence claims at least 31 lives

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Farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence near Trenton, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Hurricane Florence and its aftermath has killed at least 31 people in North and South Carolina and Virginia. 

While remnants of Florence were moving north into the mid-Atlantic and New England early Tuesday, the National Weather Service warned that that “major river flooding will persist in the Carolinas through the week.”

The port city of Wilmington, which had been cut off by the rising waters, began to see resources move in after one road was reopened by Monday afternoon with the removal of trees and downed power lines and the receding of some floodwaters. Cooper, however, asked evacuees not to return to Wilmington yet, and that the road could be washed out again.

The sun began peeking through the clouds earlier in the day as Florence — formerly a Category 1 hurricane now downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone — threatened to dump more rain across the region as it moved northeast. More than 1,200 emergency responders were performing search and rescue operations, officials said.

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