Florence death toll jumps to 31: US officials

 Flood waters are seen around a home as the Little River over-flows its banks on September 17, 2018 in Spring Lake, North Carolina. Flood waters from the cresting rivers inundated the area after the passing of Hurricane Florence. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

RALEIGH, United States (AFP) — Emergency management authorities in storm-weary North Carolina said Monday that 25 people had died since Hurricane Florence, now a tropical depression, struck the US East Coast, bringing the death toll to 31.

At least six more deaths have been recorded in neighboring South Carolina, as rain-bloated waterways threatened more flooding with the potential for dam failures and landslides.

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