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Dennis No Longer Menacing

The remnants of Hurricane Dennis poured into central Pennsylvania Tuesday morning, with rain that flooded assorted roads in the Harrisburg area and caused the National Weather Service to post flash flood warnings for a dozen counties.

The weather service warned of flash floods for Northumberland, Lycoming, Union, Snyder, Perry, Dauphin, Cumberland, York, Tioga, Bradford, Berks and Chester counties.

Emergency management officials in Union County reported significant flooding over the eastern part of the county, especially in Lewisburg, where several roads were closed and the creek at Bull Run was out of its banks.

In Berks County, the weather service radar showed over 2 inches of rain fell just north of Hamburg around 4 a.m. Heavy rain fell in the same area Sunday night.

A rain gauge at Elinsport measured 4.43 inches of rain as of 2 a.m., with heavy rain still falling. In Perry County, emergency management officials said parts of Routes 11 and 15 were closed north of Clarks Ferry because of mudslides.

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Elsewhere, North Carolina reports more than $43 million in damage from Dennis' wrath.

Flooding from the storm has forced a Virginia county to postpone Tuesday's scheduled opening of the school year. President Clinton declared parts of Virginia hit by Dennis a disaster area on Monday, paving the way for federal money to help people recover from the storms.

The federal funding may include disaster housing and low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses. Funding is also available to local authorities on a cost-sharing basis for steps to prevent damage from future storms.

The storms had injured six people and destroyed 150 homes in Hampton, Va.

The persistent storm will be remembered by residents along the North Carolina coast where they're trying to mop up all the mess and salvage what's left of the summer season, reports CBS News Correspondent Jeffrey Kofman.

A fishing boat sits in the middle of Meekins Road near Hobucken, N.C. where floodwaters left it.

As fisherman finally get their nets back in the water, the sea is yielding all sorts of creatures they don't usually find around the Carolinas.

"There are biter sharks, sunny fish, starbutters, jumping mullets. Everything is just scattered all over the place," said fisherman Joe Wilson.

For a week, Wilson watched from the shore as Dennis spun over the ocean like a giant blender. "It stayed here so long that we just kept getting pounded and pounded and pounded. It'll take another week to settle down," he said.

It will take at least that long to clean up the mess on land. Dennis left behind more than $10 million damage along the Carolina coast. At the Comfort Inn in Nags Head, they lost the letters on its motel sign. When Dennis hit land a second time, it washed away the dunes around the hotel pool, collapsing the pool and the surrounding deck.

"When it turned back, to be honest with you, I saw dollars go down the drain," said the hotel manager.

It's not quite business as usual yet in Cape Hatteras. Dennis washed awaa half mile of Highway 12. The new stretch of highway being built won't be finished till later in the week. Until then only residents with four-wheel drive vehicles are being allowed through.

Tropical Depression Dennis Advisory
  • Date: Sept. 5, 1999
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. EDT
  • Location: 35 miles northwest of Raleigh, N.C.
  • Direction: Moving toward the northwest near 13 mph, and that direction is expected to continue.
  • Winds: Maximum sustained winds near 35 mph with higher gusts.
  • Warnings: All tropical storm warnings are discontinued. Local flash flood watches and warnings are possible. Isolated tornadoes are possible over portions of central and eastern Virginia.

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