Florence death toll rises to 25 as flooding continues

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Still, The Weather Channel warns that the risk of flooding within the storm's path will persist on Monday and Tuesday, as it travels north from the Carolinas and is expected to reach parts of New England. Parts of the Mid-Atlantic as far north as southern NY and New England are set to receive additional rainfall, and a few tornadoes are possible in the region stretching from northeastern SC to southern Pennsylvania on Monday.

"The mammoth amounts of rain observed in southern North Carolina are virtually certain to eclipse anything measured in an East Coast tropical cyclone north of Florida", noted Bob Henson of the Weather Underground.

"It's fun to get out and everybody's getting stir insane being stuck in the house, but that's a lot of water that has to go somewhere", he said.

As the Carolinas begin to recover from Hurricane Florence and brace for the inevitable flooding its biblical downpours caused, the extent of the damage is only just starting to become plain.

"A lot of people have evacuated already", said Denise Harper, a resident of Grifton, a small North Carolina town threatened by rising water levels in a nearby creek and the River Neuse.

At least 17 deaths were reported in North and SC.

On Monday, police in Union County, North Carolina, recovered the body of a one-year-old boy who had been swept away by floodwaters.

Authorities ordered the immediate evacuation of up to 7,500 people living within a mile of a stretch of the Cape Fear River and the Little River, about 100 miles from the North Carolina coast.

As the remnants of Florence continues to dump inches of rain, still-rising floodwaters are prompting emergency situations across the Carolinas.

More than a dozen rivers across North Carolina were at major flood stage on Monday or threatening to rise to critical levels.

"We can't wait to go back home and live a normal life again, hopefully on Wednesday".

Rainfall from 1-3 inches is expected, with more possible in localized areas.

Eric Tryggeseth, 59, found his home in Leland, North Carolina, without power and with a tree lying in his front yard. "I can't thank the first responders enough".

The governor said that 23 truckloads of supplies were able to make it into Wilmington this morning, though officials are uncertain whether the single road into the city will remain functional as rivers continue to flood.

About 500,000 homes and businesses were in the dark on Monday in North and SC and surrounding states. About 1.8 million customers were affected by the storm.

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.