Rain pounds NC as storm moves up the East Coast

Associated Press Writer

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Driving rain from a storm system moving up the East Coast has been soaking southeastern North Carolina and prompting worries of flooding and tornadoes.

In North Carolina, the National Weather Service says the nearly 21 inches collected in Wilmington since rain started falling Sunday topped Hurricane Floyd's five-day mark of 19 inches set in 1999.

There have been no immediate reports of injuries Thursday.

Parts of eastern Virginia are under flash flood warnings. The National Weather Service has also issued a tornado watch for 33 eastern Virginia counties and 21 cities, including Richmond, Williamsburg, Arlington and the Hampton Roads area.

Flash flood watches are also in effect for areas in Maryland, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

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