COOPER: Stay off roads; more than 2600 people rescued so far

Published: Sep. 17, 2018 at 12:31 PM EDT
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The death toll in the state from Hurricane Florence and its aftermath continues to increase with now 17 confirmed deaths.

Governor Roy Cooper Monday afternoon urged people to stay off the roads as many roads in the state are at risk of flooding.

The governor said so far more than 2600 people and 300 animals have been rescued, and that those operations are still ongoing.

The state is asking FEMA to add more counties to the federal disaster list, including Duplin, Jones, Lenoir, and Wayne counties.

Cooper said help is getting into areas that have been cutoff by floodwaters. He said 23 truckloads made it into Wilmington this morning.

The state DOT says 356 primary roads are closed, while crews in Carteret and Craven counties are making progress in clearing debris from roadways.

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