In Wilmington, population 120,000, workers began handing out supplies using a system that resembled a fast-food restaurant drive-thru: Drivers pulled up to pallets lining a street, placed an order and left without having to get out.
A portion of a motel collapsed from the weight of water, which made only the roof of the Starlite Motel visible in Spring Lake in Cumberland County, said Sherita Brooks of the county's Division of Social Services. Others got a case of bottled water or military ready-to-eat meals.
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One road was opened into Wilmington at least briefly, and items have been brought into the city by big military trucks and helicopters.
The South Carolina National Guard says in a news release that Gov. Henry McMaster was to meet Tuesday with U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. It wasn't clear how long he had been stranded.
Rescue teams searched overnight for a 1-year-old boy swept away outside Charlotte, North Carolina, after rushing water pushed his mother's vehicle off the road, the Union County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook. One person was killed in Virginia by an apparent tornado whipped up by Florence, and six were killed in SC.
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And if you think you can pick your way through back roads to get to the coast, hundreds of those are closed due to flooding as well.
Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo told a news conference Tuesday that two routes via Interstate 40 are now open.
The death toll officially hit 23 on Monday, with authorities confirming that the body of missing 1-year-old Kaiden Lee-Welch was located in North Carolina.
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Downgraded from a tropical depression, the deadly storm still had abundant rain and top winds around 25 miles per hour (40 kph). Forecasters said states in the Northeast are in for as much as 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain before the system moves offshore again. The Lumber, Cape Fear, Neuse and Black rivers in North Carolina, which also flooded during Hurricane Matthew in 2016, will set records this week.