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Waterways were expected to keep rising on Tuesday in places like Fayetteville, North Carolina, a city of 200,000 in the southern part of the state, according to the weather service, hampering efforts to restore power, clear roads and allow residents to homes.

He said he knows for many North Carolinians it feels like "a nightmare that just won't end".

Rivers and waterways, swollen after Florence's historic deluge, rose dangerously across the Carolinas, closing roads, inundating communities, hindering rescue and fix efforts and preventing evacuees from returning home.

Officials said more than 1,100 roads are closed, 255 of those primary roads. The National Weather Service says more than 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain had fallen by Tuesday morning from the Elmira area to counties in southeastern NY.

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Gov. Roy Cooper said 16 rivers are at major flood stage Tuesday with an additional three forecast to peak Wednesday and Thursday.

"It's truly devastating for me to see the damage that Hurricane Florence is doing to my beloved home state of North Carolina and to the surrounding areas", Jordan, who is the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association, said last week in a statement posted on the team's website announcing its charity work.

There have been 26 confirmed fatalities in North Carolina due to the storm.

In a news conference Tuesday, Cooper warned that sunshine doesn't mean the threat is over, and rivers continue to rise. I-95 and portions of I-40 are closed.

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"That rain has to go somewhere, it flows from the basin upstream down into the Cape Fear river", Amy Cannon, County Manager for Cumberland County, told McCammon. "This region of North Carolina is still recovering from Hurricane Matthew in 2016". Critics said the Trump administration was slow to recognize the extent of the damage and slow to help.

The president is also expected to visit flooded areas near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, though that event is not on the public schedule.

"I think the next 48 hours are going to be incredibly critical", he said.

He noted that landfills, hazardous waste dumps, factories, and coal ash ponds are all located near the Cape Fear and Neuse Rivers in the eastern part of the state. Another 25 of the pits containing animal feces and urine have either suffered structural damage, had wastewater levels go over their tops from heavy rains or had been swamped by floodwaters.

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Todd Tremain needed tarps to cover up spots where Florence's winds ripped shingles off his roof.