The storm has set rainfall records in several locations in North Carolina, including Swansboro, with a whopping 34 inches, Hoffman Forest with 29.48 inches and Sunny Point with 27.44 inches.
Most of the monetary damage is due to property loss, and the company said these figures could rise as inland flooding continues. More than 30 rivers in North Carolina have flooded and at least 14 are at "major flooding" level, according to the Flood Inundation Mapping and Alert Network website. Flash flood watches extended all the way to Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York and southern New England. Up to 20,000 people are in emergency shelters in North Carolina alone.
The dead included a one-year-old boy, who was swept away from his mother as they tried to escape their auto amid floodwaters. The woman had driven around barricades to get on a closed road, the sheriff's office in Union County, near North Carolina's border with SC, said on Facebook.
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It has dumped up to 40 inches (100 cm) of rain on North Carolina since Thursday, the NWS said.
"This is still a catastrophic, life threatening storm", said Zack Taylor, a meteorologist with the US National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center. "Last time we had sun was on Wednesday".
The most rainfall recorded in SC was in the town of Loris, where 23.81 inches (0.6 meters) fell.
Streets remain impassable throughout much of the affected region and 500,000 people are still without power.
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About two dozen truckloads of military MREs and bottled water were delivered overnight to Wilmington, the state's eighth-largest city, officials said.
Prior to Kaiden's death, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety issued a breakdown of 16 storm-related fatalities by county, and Gov. Roy Cooper confirmed the updated tally of 17 during a news conference on Monday.
In Bath, North Carolina, a homeowner's pier is sown left, before the storm, and right, what is left of it afterwards.
There were now 2,000 federal workers working on storm response, supporting state efforts, said Tom Fargione, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer, during a press conference. Six people died in SC, including four in auto accidents and two from carbon monoxide from a portable generator.More news: Russia's defense ministry says it lost contact with plane in Syria