Trump to visit hurricane-stricken North Carolina, death toll at 33

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About half of all homes and businesses were without power Tuesday, a big improvement from a day earlier. Officials are eyeing river levels after the deluge of rain that measures in feet, not inches.

Residents (from left) Mike Haddock, 48, Katlyn Humphrey, 19, Michelle Haddock, 45, and Justin Humphrey, 24, remove possessions from the Haddock's flooded home using a jon boat in Trenton, North Carolina.

President Donald Trump has also announced plans to visit the flood-hit region this week but a date has not yet been set.

The Cape Fear River is still rising and not expected to crest until 7 pm EST, the note said.

Officials across the state are cautioning residents not to be fooled by Tuesday's sunshine, saying more floods are expected this week. Flash flood watches extended all the way to Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York and southern New England.

Wilmington is still virtually cut off from the rest of the state, but officials say they'll open routes as soon as flooding recedes and downed trees and powerlines are cleared away.

At least 17 deaths were reported in North and SC.

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The advisory from the Fayetteville, North Carolina VA Medical Center was typical of others across the state where rivers were still on the rise and damaged roads and washed-out bridges made rescue and relief efforts risky. The mother had driven around barricades on a closed stretch of road, the post said. Hurricane Florence's torrential rains have flooded much of the area and washed over sections of numerous roads, including the interstate.

The National Weather Service is extending their flood advisory to include southwestern ME and parts of Rockingham county in southern New Hampshire.

Cooper said he had come to New Bern to provide encouragement for local residents. High winds brought down trees and damaged homes.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation on Monday morning tweeted that the city is "inaccessible by land", warning: "Don't travel, let responders work". He urged those who evacuated to not to come back yet so as to not hamper the efforts of emergency personnel and supply trucks trying to reach the area.

Or northbound motorists from Georgia could get off I-95 and take either I-26 or I-20 to Columbia and then catch I-77 to Charlotte, the agency said.

The city tries to restore single-lane access on major roads first, the report said, so that first responders can get around.

Rescuers freed six dogs that were locked up in an outdoor cage in North Carolina during Hurricane Florence, as the water level was rapidly rising. About 1.8 million customers were affected by the storm. After some navigation apps or in-car map directions sent people in North Carolina onto roads that got flooded or blocked by debris, Google-owned Waze said it was working with local governments and its own community of volunteer map editors to mark closures of more than 1,300 roads in North Carolina and hundreds more in SC and Virginia.