Widespread flooding from Julia hits eastern North Carolina

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Schools are delayed and police in one eastern North Carolina community are asking people to stay out of downtown after widespread flooding from the remnants of Tropical Storm Julia.

Media outlets report Pender County schools are operating on a two-hour delay Friday after the area received 7 inches of rain with more on the way.

In Windsor in Bertie County, Police Chief James Lane is asking people to stay out of downtown Friday.

He says business owners need a chance to assess damage after flood waters inundated the business district. The Cashie River reached 15 feet on Thursday, 2 feet above major flood stage.

Gov. Pat McCrory has declared a state of emergency in 11 counties. The town of Windsor received a foot of rain in three days.