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Food and water handed out to city residents cut off by Florence flooding

Residents of the North Carolina city were stranded after the hurricane caused waters to rise.

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The Cape Fear River rises under a closed road just north of Wilmington (AP)

The Cape Fear River rises under a closed road just north of Wilmington (AP)

The Cape Fear River rises under a closed road just north of Wilmington (AP)

US officials are about to begin distributing food, water and other supplies to the city of Wilmington, North Carolina, which remains mostly cut off by floodwaters from Hurricane Florence.

County officials said workers will begin handing out the supplies to stranded residents in the city of 120,000 people on Tuesday morning.

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The Cape Fear River flows at a near record height in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina (AP)

The Cape Fear River flows at a near record height in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina (AP)

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The Cape Fear River flows at a near record height in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina (AP)

One road was opened into Wilmington at least briefly, and items have been brought into the city by military trucks and helicopters.

The death toll from Florence has risen to at least 32 people in three states, with 25 fatalities in North Carolina.

What remains of the once-powerful Category 4 hurricane is now a rainy, windy mass of low pressure. The system is accelerating on a path towards the heavily populated north-east.

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