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Interstate drivers asked to avoid North Carolina

As torrential rain falls Saturday afternoon, Sept. 15, 2018 police officers help civilians push a stranded motorist out of the flood water near downtown Lumberton, NC.
As torrential rain falls Saturday afternoon, Sept. 15, 2018 police officers help civilians push a stranded motorist out of the flood water near downtown Lumberton, NC.

State officials are asking interstate travelers not to drive through North Carolina.

A stretch of Interstate 95 was closed earlier Saturday and state Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon said more sections may close before flooding subsides.

The number of primary roads closed Saturday increased from 60 to 100 in a few hours, Trogdon said.

“It has been increasingly difficult to find bypass routes for interstate traffic,” he said.

All drivers should stay off roads south of U.S. 64 and east of interstates 73 and 74, Trogdon said.

In his 27 years with the state transportation department, Trogdon said he’d never seen roads flood so quickly.

“Road conditions across nearly all of our state will be rapidly deteriorating in the coming days,” he said.

State Highway Patrol Commander Col. Glenn McNeill said people should stay off the roads.

“If you do not have to drive, then please do not,” McNeill said.

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