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Drivers told to go AROUND the Carolinas as Florence closes I-95, I-40; See the detour here

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KINSTON, NC - SEPTEMBER 15: Barricades block Highway 70 where the Neuse River has flooded the road September 15, 2018 in Kinston, North Carolina. Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 storm Friday and at least 12 deaths have been attributed to the storm, which continues to produce heavy rain and strong winds extending out nearly 200 miles. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has told drivers they should take a detour of hundreds of miles to avoid Interstate 95 through North Carolina, as well as Interstate 40 east of Interstate 95, which have been inundated with water thanks to what was Hurricane Florence.

“This is an extremely long detour, but it is the detour that offers the lowest risk of flooding at this time,” NCDOT officials said. “Please note those conditions can change as Hurricane Florence moves across the southern North Carolina border and begins to impact South Carolina.”

NCDOT Manager Jim Trogdon said Sunday that 171 primary roads were closed in his state and that the “situation continues to worsen. Overnight, two additional sections of I-95 closed, and two sections of I-40 flooded.”

More than 600 roads total are closed around the state.

The recommended route to avoid North Carolina takes travelers west on Interstate 64 in Virginia to I-81 South, to I-75 south in Tennessee to I-16 East in Georgia back to I-95.

Here’s a look at the detour map from NCDOT:

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