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The Latest: Another town in SC flooded by Florence

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WILMINGTON, N.C. - The Latest on Tropical Depression Florence : 2:05 p.m. A small town in northeast South Carolina is getting flooding rains from what's left of Florence. Downpours overnight flooded main roads in the town of Cheraw early Sunday and brought water to the doorsteps of some low-lying homes. Cheraw Police Chief Keith Thomas says about 12 people were evacuated from four homes. Police rescued five others from cars that stalled out in floodwaters. Thomas says no one was injured.
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The Latest: Florence death toll rises to 15

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WILMINGTON, N.C. - The Latest on Tropical Depression Florence : 2 p.m. The death toll from Florence has risen to 15. The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a pickup truck was traveling west on Interstate 20 in Kershaw County on Sunday morning when it went off the roadway. Troopers say the truck struck an overpass support beam, and the driver died at the scene. Kershaw County Coroner David West says the driver's name has not been released because all relatives have not yet been notified.
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The Latest: North Carolina city cut off by floodwaters

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NEW BERN, N.C. - The Latest on Tropical Depression Florence : 12:50 p.m. The city of Wilmington, North Carolina, has been completely cut off by floodwaters and officials are asking for additional help from state law enforcement and the National Guard. Woody White is chairman of the board of commissioners of New Hanover County. He said at a news conference Sunday that additional rainfall Saturday night made roads into the city impassable.
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The Latest: Regulators monitoring hog, poultry farms

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NEW BERN, N.C. - The Latest on Tropical Depression Florence : Noon North Carolina state regulators and environmental groups are monitoring the threat from hog and poultry farms in low-lying, flood-prone areas. These industrial-scale farms typically feature vast pits of animal feces and urine that can pose a significant pollution threat if they are breached or inundated by floodwaters. In past hurricanes, flooding at dozens of farms also left hundreds of thousands of dead hogs, chickens and other decomposing livestock bobbing in the floodwaters.
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The Latest: 90 rescued from waters in North Carolina county

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NEW BERN, N.C. - The Latest on Tropical Depression Florence : 11:45 a.m. North Carolina's transportation secretary says one of his top priorities is to find a way to get into Wilmington after damage from Florence closed major roads into the city. Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon told The Associated Press on Sunday that U.S. 74 into Wilmington is impassable and Interstate 40 into the city also is closed.
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The Latest: Florence claims 14th victim, in South Carolina

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NEW BERN, N.C. - The Latest on Tropical Depression Florence : 11:20 a.m. Former hurricane-turned-Tropical Storm Florence has claimed a 14th victim: a man who drowned when a pickup truck flipped into a drainage ditch in South Carolina. Georgetown County Coroner Kenny Johnson says 23-year-old Michael Dalton Prince was a passenger in the truck, which lost control on a flooded two-lane road early Sunday. Johnson says the driver and another passenger escaped after the truck ended upside down in the flooded ditch north of Georgetown.
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The Latest: Florence causing historic, unprecedented floods

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NEW BERN, N.C. - The Latest on Tropical Depression Florence : 10:30 a.m. One of the authorities leading the response to Florence says the storm is causing "historic and unprecedented flooding." Michael Sprayberry is director of the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management. He told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that Florence's combination of heavy rainfall, extreme storm surge and high winds makes the storm "one for the record books."
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