On Monday, flood levels continued to rise.
"We're pushing supplies as hard as we possibly can", Trogdon said at a news conference. Parts of freeways - dotted with rescue boats - have morphed into free-flowing waterways.
Five dozen river locations were in flood stage Monday morning, 18 of which were in major flooding, which is typically characterized by catastrophic property inundation and evacuations.
Now, there are fears that the death toll will keep climbing. Southbound travelers from Virginia should detour to the western part of North Carolina, then go south and east to link up with I-95 South again, officials said.
McMaster was touring portions of Chesterfield County in a National Guard helicopter on Monday when he spotted two people lying down on a vehicle almost completely submerged in rushing flood waters.
The dead included a one-year-old boy who was swept away after his mother drove into floodwaters and lost grip on him as they tried to escape their auto.
That was the message Monday from Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, whose city is so deeply submerged that no one could get in Sunday.
Three television stations in a hurricane-ravaged North Carolina city are about to go dark because there's no gas to keep their generators running. But it's not for residents to use to return.
Businesses that charge too much may have to refund customers and pay up to $5,000 for every violation.
"Road conditions are still changing", the North Carolina Department of Transportation said on Twitter on Tuesday. Residents worked to secure the area, filling the gap with sandbags.
News outlets report that the Charlotte County sheriff's office says the boy was struck by lightning at Central Middle School during storms Monday.
Members of the Coast Guard help a stranded motorist in the flood waters caused by Hurricane Florence in Lumberton, North Carolina, Sept. 16, 2018.
A group of people waded through knee-deep water caused by Hurricane Florence and rescued six dogs that were locked inside a flooded kennel on Sunday. But many more people need help.
Flooding worries also increased in Virginia, where roads were closed and power outages were on the rise.
North Carolina Community Foundation: The NCCF is a humanitarian organization based in North Carolina that partners with local charities that also support the community. "So we are trying to get it dried out, so we can... get open and get everything squared away", said restaurant owner Raymond Karem. "They are still is without power", said Braden Welsh, one of those behind the initiative.