BUXTON, N.C. (AP) _ It didn't take long for Gov. Jim Hunt to assess the impact of Dennis on North Carolina's coast.

``It's some of the worst flooding that I've heard about from a hurricane. And I've been around a lot of them,'' Hunt said Monday during a helicopter tour of coastal counties that were drenched by the storm.

Preliminary damage estimates from Dennis, which weakened from a hurricane to a tropical depression, total more than $43 million in North Carolina.

Meanwhile, the remnants of Dennis continued to cause severe weather, soaking parts of Virginia on Monday with more than an inch of rain per hour. Severe flooding was reported in some areas; Brunswick County on the North Carolina line postponed today's scheduled school year opening.

Back in North Carolina, Hunt observed flattened sand dunes and washed out roads on the Outer Banks from the air. On the ground, promised help for flooded homeowners and respite from mosquitoes breeding in stagnant water.

On Hatteras Island, workers were already paving a new 3,000-foot section of N.C. 12 north of Buxton. Dennis washed away part of the road and covered the rest with a new sand dune.

As a hurricane, Dennis sideswiped the Outer Banks last week, then went out to sea and stalled. It backtracked and came ashore on Saturday, then slowly made its way inland, dumping up to 20 inches of rain on coastal North Carolina.