(Editor's note: To read the latest story about road closures, posted on Sept. 25, click here.)
Interstate 95, the principal U.S. East Coast highway, was open throughout the Carolinas Monday after more than a week of closures due to Hurricane Florence flooding.
However, hundreds of other roads remain closed in the Carolinas, as flooding continued 10 days after Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, N.C. There were 415 roads closed in North Carolina and 144 road and bridge closures in South Carolina late Monday afternoon.
In North Carolina the day began with a portion of Interstate 40 closed from Wilmington to Exit 385, but the highway was opened by mid-afternoon. U.S. Highways 70 and 74 were also open, with some lane restrictions.
In South Carolina road and bridge closures continued to be concentrated in northeastern counties abutting North Carolina, with increasing attention to Georgetown Council along the coast. Marlboro, Dillon, Marion and Horry counties had the most closures, but Florence-related problems also continued in Chesterfield, Darlington, Florence and Williamsburg counties.
"There are widespread road closures due to flooding on primary and secondary routes throughout the Pee Dee," said the S.C. Department of Transportation's 4 p.m. update Monday.
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division called for people to limit travel in Horry and Georgetown counties for several days.
As the enormous amount of water dumped by the storm makes its way through the river systems of southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina, the worst of the flooding has shifted toward the coast.
North Carolina's Department of Transportation was urging motorists to avoid nine southeastern counties, in particular Bladen and Wayne counties. That's down from 17 counties motorists were urged to avoid Friday.
In addition to Bladen and Wayne counties, North Carolina was warning drivers away from Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, Pender, Robeson, Sampson, and Scotland counties "due to the flooding and/or washout of multiple North Carolina and secondary routes."
The NCDOT urged drivers to not drive around barricades, saying: "If a road is closed it is closed for a reason."
South Carolina motorists were being urged to use SCDOT’s 511 mobile app or to call 511 for current travel conditions.