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The center of Tropical Depression Florence has left the Carolinas. But the chaos that the storm unleashed is nowhere near finished. Days of record-breaking rain have pushed rivers over their banks, and water levels — still rising in some places — are unlikely to recede fully for days. Authorities and volunteers in North and South Carolina are carrying out rescues by air and water, curfews are in effect, and many thousands of people remain out of their homes.

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A resident surveys the rising water in a flooded neighborhood in Lumberton, N.C.Gerry Broome/The Associated Press

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Residents walk through a flooded neighborhood in Lumberton, N.C.Gerry Broome/The Associated Press

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Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Shallow Water Rescue Team remove resident Luke Luklee, left, from a flooded neighborhood in Lumberton, N.C.Gerry Broome/The Associated Press

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A woman looks at her phone as she waits outside a Red Cross evacuation shelter in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images

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U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer Samuel Knoeppel, center, and Randy Haba, bottom right, approach to Willie Schubert of Pollocksville, N.C., on a stranded van in Pollocksville, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Florence.Steve Helber/The Associated Press

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Floodwaters surround homes in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Florence in Newport, N.C.Tom Copeland/The Associated Press

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A search and rescue task force patrols a flooded region by boat over a fully submerged road in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Florence in Castle Hayne, North Carolina.JONATHAN DRAKE/Reuters

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A member of The Cajun Navy navigates flood waters before attempting to cross a flooded road with a vehicle after Tropical Storm Florence caused flash floods in Dillon, South Carolina.RANDALL HILL/Reuters

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A submerged car sits surrounded by water outside a home in a flooded neighborhood in Lumberton, N.C.Gerry Broome/The Associated Press

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Rescue personnel paddle through a flooded apartment complex to evacuate residents as flooding continues in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C.David Goldman/The Associated Press

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