Editor's note: Nine people have died in South Carolina since heavy rain and flooding hit the state, Gov. Nikki Haley said. More than 40,000 are without water in the state and 26,000 are without power. Two weather-related fatalities were also reported in North Carolina. The area has been hit with historic flooding, and heavy rain continues Monday in around the Carolinas. - Stephanie
Editor's note: A major rain storm has already brought up to 11 inches of rain to parts of North and South Carolina. More extreme heavy rain is forecast for the next 24 hours. Some spots in South Carolina could receive an additional foot of rainfall this weekend. There are warnings of 'life threatening' flash flooding. We'll bring you more as we get it. - Luke
Editor's note: Hurricane Joaquin is currently hitting the Bahamas and is expected to make a northward turn later Thursday or Friday, Weather Underground reports. The storm is the first Category 4 hurricane to track through the Bahamas in October in 149 years. The forecast has been uncertain, but Virginia, North Carolina, New Jersey and South Carolina have declared state of emergencies. No watches or warnings have yet been issued for the U.S. - Stephanie
Editor's note: Hurricane Joaquin is expected to reach portions of the Central Bahamas by early Thursday, the National Hurricane Center says. The storm, now a Category 2, is forecast to bring 10-15 inches of rain over parts of the Bahamas. Joaquin could reach the Carolinas on Sunday, and Virginia has already declared a state of emergency ahead of potential landfall. The White House says President Obama and FEMA are monitoring the storm. - Stephanie
North Carolina (/ˌnɔrθkærəˈlaɪnə/) is a state in the Southeastern United States. The state borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west, Virginia to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. North Carolina is the 28th most extensive and the 9th most populous of the 50 United States. North Carolina is known as the Tar Heel State and the Old North State.
North Carolina is composed of 100 counties. North Carolina's two largest metropolitan areas are among the top ten fastest-growing in the country: its capital, Raleigh, and its largest city, Charlotte. In the past five decades, North Carolina's economy has undergone a transition from reliance upon tobacco, textiles, and furniture-making to a more diversified economy with engineering, energy, biotechnology, and finance sectors.
North Carolina has a wide range of elevations, from sea level on the coast to 6,699 feet (2,042 m) at Mount Mitchell, the highest point in the Eastern US. The climate of the coastal plains is strongly influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. Most of the state falls in the humid subtropical climate zone. More than 300 miles (500 km) from the coast, the western, mountainous part of the state has a subtropical highland climate.