A view from above shows the catastrophic flooding in Lumberton, N.C., as Florence continues to impact the area. 

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Still stranded by Florence’s epic floods days after the hurricane hit North Carolina, Wilmington residents lined up by the hundreds Tuesday for free food, water and tarps as officials struggled to open new routes to one of the state’s largest cities.

The death toll from the storm rose to at least 35 in three states, with 25 fatalities in North Carolina, as remnants of the once-powerful Category 4 hurricane – now reduced to a rainy, windy mass of low pressure – dumped rain on the heavily populated Northeast.

Parts of southern New Hampshire and much of Massachusetts were under a flash flood warning, and a tornado warning was issued near Salem, Massachusetts.

In Wilmington, population 120,000, workers began handing out supplies using a system that resembled a fast-food restaurant drive-thru: Drivers pulled up to pallets lining a street, placed an order and left without having to get out.

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