“We want citizens to follow state and local warnings.

The remnants of Florence have pounded Gaston County with heavy rainfall since Friday night, the Gazette reported.

As roads closed and bridges are swamped with river water (with more closures expected next week), the Mayor of Fayetteville, NC offered an apt summary of the situation.

“The water got so high, I couldn't believe it,” said Brett Neely, a firefighter from Pennsylvania who estimated that he had helped rescue 40 to 50 people, from a newborn to a 75-year-old.

Cooper warned that the storm could still dump another 2 to 3 inches of rain on the state.

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