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DELUGE FORCES N. CAROLINIANS FROM HOMES

A sudden storm spawned by remnants of Hurricane Danny dumped up to 10 inches of rain on south-central North Carolina, sending creeks surging out of their banks and forcing evacuation of dozens of homes.

Rescue workers used boats to rescue 22 people from flooded homes in a small residential area along Sugar Creek overnight, a spokesman for the city fire department said Wednesday.

Danny hit land July 17 in Louisiana and caused widespread flooding as it crossed into southern Mississippi and Alabama.

Up to 6 inches of rain fell Wednesday in parts of northern Georgia, where flash flood warnings were posted.

The rain that inundated the Charlotte area was caused by tropical moisture stirred up by Danny that came into contact with cooler air, forecasters said.

More than 4,500 homes and businesses in the Charlotte area had no electricity before daybreak. Nonessential city employees were told to stay home.

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