Hurricane Joaquin won’t hit U.S., heavy rain still soaks East Coast

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(AP) — Hurricane Joaquin is pretty much out of the picture for the U.S. East Coast, but rain and flooding continue to be a threat, especially in the Carolinas.

The National Weather Service says the risk of flooding will continue through Monday morning. The storm carrying all the rain is also blamed for two deaths. Flood watches and warnings also in effect in Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, parts of New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says weekend rainfall could be at historic levels and residents should be ready for extensive flooding and power outages.

She urged people who live in low-lying areas to leave and warned that people who stay and need help later may have to wait awhile.