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MORE RAIN, TORNADOES HIT N. CAROLINA

One of the wettest months in North Carolina history neared an end with more rain and tornadoes Wednesday night, but clearing skies are forecast through Monday in areas devastated by Hurricane Floyd.

This week added more than 8 inches of rain to areas still swamped by the 20 inches Floyd dumped two weeks ago and the 7 inches from Tropical Storm Dennis in early September.

The rain added to the swollen Tar and Neuse rivers, which are expected to crest again later this week, but fears of renewed, catastrophic flooding abated.

The latest storm system also spawned tornadoes that downed trees and damaged more than 40 homes in central North Carolina, to the west of Floyd's worst damage. One person was injured by a fallen tree, and thousands lost power.

In Virginia, wind gusts up to 60 mph blew down trees and power lines from remote mountain regions to the Washington suburbs. A tornado also demolished mobile homes several miles from Darlington, S.C., but did not seriously injure anyone, officials said.

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