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Rivers and waterways, swollen after Florence's historic deluge, rose dangerously across the Carolinas on Tuesday, closing roads, inundating communities, hindering rescue and fix efforts and preventing evacuees from returning home. Hurricane Florence's torrential rains have flooded much of the area and washed over sections of numerous roads, including the interstate.

The rain finally stopped and the sun peeked through, but North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned that dangerously high water would persist for days.

More miles of northbound Interstate 95 in SC, just south of the North Carolina line, have been closed due to flooding from Hurricane Florence, the S.C. Department of Transportation said Tuesday.

The body of a 1-year-old boy in North Carolina has been found after he was swept away by floodwaters spawned by Hurricane Florence.

President Donald Trump is expected to travel to the region on Wednesday, CNN and local news media reported.

The death toll rose to at least 35 in three states, with 27 fatalities in North Carolina, as Florence's remnants went in two directions: Water flowed downstream toward the Carolina coast, and storms moved through the Northeast, where flash floods hit New Hampshire and NY state. Flooding has also impacted areas such as Fayetteville and Kinston, where the Neuse River was still rising.

"I haven't been home since it started".

"I know it was hard to leave home, and it is even harder to wait and wonder whether you even have a home to go back to", Cooper said.

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"Road conditions are still changing", the North Carolina Department of Transportation wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

The coastal city took a direct hit when Hurricane Florence came ashore and has been largely cut off since then due to storm surges and flooding from the Cape Fear River. That has disrupted efforts to restore power, clear roads and allow evacuated residents to go home.

Florence dumped close to 36 inches of rain, according to totals measured in Elizabethtown, North Carolina.

Officials says "danger still immediate" as record flooding continues to plague parts of the U.S. state.

The storm has claimed lives in three states, including 25 in North Carolina, according to a count by the Associated Press.

The Horry County Sheriff's Department said in a statement that when the waters overtook the van, they rose too quickly for the pair to be saved.

Republican U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott of SC are expected to fly on Air Force One with Trump. More than 300,000 across the state remained without power as of Tuesday morning, according to Duke Progress Energy.