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Rain pounds NC as storm moves up the East Coast

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By Associated Press

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Driving rain from a storm system moving up the East Coast brought flooding to parts of North Carolina on Thursday, caused soggy morning commutes in the Northeast and prompted worries of additional flooding as far north as Maine.

Tornado watches were issued from North Carolina to New Jersey.

In North Carolina, the nearly 21 inches collected in Wilmington since rain started falling Sunday topped Hurricane Floyd's five-day mark of 19 inches set in 1999, the National Weather Service said.

In the eastern part of the state, officials evacuated about 70 people overnight from a mobile home community in Kinston because of high water, Roger Dail, director of emergency services in Lenoir County, said.

"The water's still up," Dail said. "I would suspect it's going to be later today, maybe tomorrow, before the water goes out of there."

In Carolina Beach, N.C., the rains caused a pond in the center of the town to overflow, filling nearby streets with water.

About a half-inch of water covered the floor in Jackie Woody's home.

"It's the worst it's been in years," he said.

Next door, Fran Casteen left her job as a manager at McDonald's to come home and put sandbags in front of her house.


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