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The moment a deadly tornado rips apart Virginia warehouse

Ns News Online DeskNs News Online Desk:  A  tornado spawned by the remnants of Hurricane Florence ripped through a Virginia shopping center, tore the roof off a warehouse and killed a worker.

The male victim, who worked for Old Dominion Floor in Chesterfield County, died Monday afternoon, fire and EMS spokesman Lt. Jason Elmore told WTVR.

His name has not been released pending notification of next of kin.

“We were able to actually meet with the manager of the flooring company that notified us fairly quickly, almost immediately, that he had accounted for all of his employees, expect that one,” Elmore said.

The twister blew through right as many schools prepared to dismiss for the day. Students and teachers sheltered in place, according to 6abc.com. Downed trees and power lines led to road closures and thousands of power outages across the state, where between 15 to 20 tornadoes hit at least six different counties.

The death toll from Florence now stands at 32 people, across three states, with 25 of those fatalities in North Carolina.Meanwhile, the now-post-tropical cyclone is expected to soak the Northeast, including the New York area, on Tuesday.

“While what was Hurricane Florence has weakened to a post-tropical cyclone, it still maintains a threat for localized heavy rainfall as it shifts into New England today,” according to the National Weather Service.Showers and possibly a thunderstorm are expected Tuesday — with up to three-quarters of an inch of rain expected across the Big Apple, forecasters said.

Officials in Wilmington, North Carolina, which remained mostly cut off by floodwaters, on Tuesday prepared to distribute food, water and tarps to stranded residents. One road was opened into Wilmington at least briefly, officials said, and items have been brought into the city by big military trucks and helicopters.

“Thank you,” a shirtless Willie Schubert mouthed to the crew of a Coast Guard chopper who picked up him and his dog Lucky from atop a house encircled by water in Pollocksville on Monday.

It was unclear how long he had been stranded. Though the rain finally stopped and the sun peeked through, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned that dangerously high water would persist for days.

He urged residents who were evacuated from the hardest-hit areas to stay away because of closed roads and catastrophic flooding that submerged entire communities. “There’s too much going on,” he told a news conference.

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