- Associated Press - Monday, October 5, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The latest on the rainstorm affecting North Carolina (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

State officials say rescuers have saved at least 14 people in North Carolina from rising floodwaters stemming from last weekend’s torrential rain.

The N.C. State Emergency Response Team issued a statement Monday saying there have been at least four rescues in the past two days. A Raleigh-based search crew pulled two people from a car swept off a road near Swan Quarter and submerged in 10 feet of water.

Local law enforcement, emergency medical service personnel and North Carolina National Guard soldiers have partnered for the rescues.



Officials say six people were evacuated from a house in Hobucken where flood waters were rising, and six more people were rescued from rising floodwaters in Lowland. A law enforcement officer in Merritt had to be rescued when he was trapped in his patrol car by rising waters as he was answering a call.

In Bayboro, a trapped motorist was rescued from the top of his car after it hydroplaned into a canal

2 p.m.

Stretches of primary roads in North Carolina are closed as a result of the heavy rains that fell on the state last weekend.

The N.C. Department of Transportation said portions of N.C. 210 at North Topsail; N.C. 133, near N.C. 87 in Brunswick County; N.C 12 at Ocracoke; and N.C. 12 in Kitty Hawk remained closed Monday.

The department’s website said flooding late Sunday and early Monday forced the closure of several roads in southeastern North Carolina, specifically in Carteret, Brunswick, New Hanover and Onslow counties.

Officials said Amtrak’s Silver Star, with five stops in North Carolina, has been canceled. The Silver Meteor has no passenger service in Rocky Mount or Fayetteville, and the Palmetto stops at Richmond. The Piedmont and Carolinian are operating on normal schedules in North Carolina.

9:30 a.m.

The National Weather Service is warning of the dangers of heavy rains, high winds and flooding in the southeastern corner of the state.

Forecasters said Monday morning that high winds with gusts of up to 35 mph were possible form Lumberton to Wilmington to Southport. Forecasters warn that the high winds coupled with the saturated grounds might bring trees down on power lines.

A flood warning was in effect for Jacksonville, New Bern, Southport and Wilmington. Officials said as much as 4 inches of rain has fallen in the area today, with as much as 3 more inches possible.

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