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Catastrophic flooding hits South Carolina, East Coast [Photos]

Coastal flooding in at least seven states

Flood waters engulf a home in Columbia, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. The rainstorm drenching the U.S. East Coast brought more misery Sunday to South Carolina, cutting power to thousands, forcing hundreds of water rescues and closing many roads because of floodwaters. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Flood waters engulf a home in Columbia, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. The rainstorm drenching the U.S. East Coast brought more misery Sunday to South Carolina, cutting power to thousands, forcing hundreds of water rescues and closing many roads because of floodwaters. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Even though Hurricane Joaquin is tracking away from the United States, torrential rainfall continues to pound the East Coast. 

Heavy rain has brought historic, life-threatening flooding in many locations in South Carolina, including in Charleston and Columbia, where numerous rescues have been reported. Into Monday, a feed of rich tropical moisture from the Atlantic will continue to unleash heavy rainfall on the Southeast, especially in parts of South Carolina and southeastern North Carolina.  

Gov. Nikki Haley urged the residents of South Carolina to stay safe, saying that the amount of rain in the low country was at its highest level in a 1,000 years and noted that the Congaree River was at its highest level since 1936. In eastern South Carolina and southeastern North Carolina, rainfall totals are predicted to range from 12 to 24 inches, nearly half of the normal rainfall for an entire year.

President Obama has already declared a state of emergency in South Carolina and ordered federal aid to help state and local efforts. 

Ongoing rain and flood warnings

Rain and flood warnings remained in effect for many parts of the East Coast on Sunday. While much of the torrential rainfall was centered in the Carolinas, coastal communities as far as New Jersey were feeling the effects of unrelenting rainfall.  

In New Jersey, storms dislodged an entire house from its pilings in a low-lying area of Middle Township, according to NBC New York.

Flood watches and warnings are in effect in parts of New Jersey, as well as Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

At least 6 people have died on the East Coast since the severe weather began. Of the three weather-related deaths in South Carolina, two were motorists who lost control of their cars and the third was a pedestrian hit by a car. 

Take a look at photos of the unfolding devastation from the torrential rains and powerful wind gusts. 

Members of Norfolk Fire-Rescue pull a man from his car stranded because of flooding in Norfolk, Va., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015.

Members of Norfolk Fire-Rescue pull a man from his car stranded because of flooding in Norfolk, Va., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

Jordan Bennett, of Rock Hill, S.C., paddles up to a flooded store in Columbia, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015.

Jordan Bennett, of Rock Hill, S.C., paddles up to a flooded store in Columbia, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Firemen, from left to right, Norman Beauregard, Kevin Ettenger and Chris Rodgers with the Georgetown Fire Department, inspect the flood waters at high tide in the historic downtown in Georgetown, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4

Firemen, from left to right, Norman Beauregard, Kevin Ettenger and Chris Rodgers with the Georgetown Fire Department, inspect the flood waters at high tide in the historic downtown in Georgetown, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Much of South Carolina has experienced historic rain totals coupled with an unusually high lunar tide causing wide spread flooding. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

A person walks through the flooding at Market and Water Streets in downtown Wilmington, N. C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015.

As the East Coast Rainstorm continues to pelt the Carolinas, people walk through the flooding at Market and Water Streets in downtown Wilmington, N. C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. In the background is the battleship USS North Carolina, which is now a museum ship and memorial. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

Chris Joseph, far left, inspects the flood waters near high tide in the historic downtown in Georgetown, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015.Chris Joseph, far left, inspects the flood waters near high tide in the historic downtown in Georgetown, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Flood waters climb up the walls of homes in Columbia, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015.

Flood waters climb up the walls of homes in Columbia, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Floodwaters cover a road in Columbia, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015.

Floodwaters cover a road in Columbia, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Flood waters engulf cars at an apartment complex in Columbia, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015.

Flood waters engulf cars at an apartment complex in Columbia, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

A woman looks at a section of a street washed away by floodwaters in Columbia, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015.

 A woman looks at a section of a street washed away by floodwaters in Columbia, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

A vehicle and a man try to navigate floodwaters in Florence, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, as heavy rain continues to cause widespread flooding

A vehicle and a man try to navigate floodwaters in Florence, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, as heavy rain continues to cause widespread flooding in many areas of the state. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

George Myers with the city of Isle of Palms directs equipment in on 23rd Ave. to clear the road after heavy rains fell on the Isle of Palms, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015

George Myers with the city of Isle of Palms directs equipment in on 23rd Ave. to clear the road after heavy rains fell on the Isle of Palms, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. The South Carolina coast is getting hammered with historic rains along with an unusual lunar high tide causing flooding all over the state. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

 A woman walks down a flooded sidewalk toward an open convenience store in Charleston, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015.

 A woman walks down a flooded sidewalk toward an open convenience store in Charleston, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in South Carolina and ordered federal aid to bolster state and local efforts as flood warnings remained in effect for many parts of the East Coast through Sunday. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Fred Grooms watches as a car turns around in flood waters on Hardscrabble Road on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Columbia, S.C.

Fred Grooms watches as a car turns around in flood waters on Hardscrabble Road on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in South Carolina and ordered federal aid to bolster state and local efforts as flood warnings remained in effect for many parts of the East Coast through Sunday. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

Paul Banker, left, paddles a kayak and his wife Wink Banker, as they takes photos on a flooded street in Charleston, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015

Paul Banker, left, paddles a kayak and his wife Wink Banker, as they takes photos on a flooded street in Charleston, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. A flash flood warning was in effect in parts of South Carolina, where authorities shut down the Charleston peninsula to motorists. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Traffic drives on flooded roads, at high-tide, in downtown Ocean City, Md., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.

Traffic drives on flooded roads, at high-tide, in downtown Ocean City, Md., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Rain pummeling parts of the East Coast showed little sign of slackening Saturday, with record-setting precipitation prolonging the soppy misery that has been eased only by news that powerful Hurricane Joaquin will not hit the U.S. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) 

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