Downgraded to a tropical depression, Florence settled over the Carolinas and dropped more than 30 inches of rain in some areas - swelling rivers, felling trees and creating conditions for long-term environmental damage.
- Two people died in a storm-related fire in Cumberland County, North Carolina.
"Please don't make yourself someone who needs to be rescued".
Authorities in Virginia say one person is dead after an apparent tornado touched down in the Richmond area and caused a building to collapse. But the story is different in the flat marshlands to the east, where the rivers will crest and then stay at elevated levels for many days, said Trent Ferguson, the South Atlantic Division water manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
He said 23 truckloads of food, water and supplies have been shipped to Wilmington, a town of about 120,000 people. Residents in the nearby town of Conway worry that's going to send water from the rising Waccamaw River to flood their homes instead.
Cooper reported 2,600 people have been rescued and evacuated already, in addition to 300 animals in North Carolina.
"Flooding is still going to be a concern into the weekend and into next week", weather service meteorologist Hal Austin said, noting there is a chance of rain for the region on Tuesday and Wednesday. "It was torrential rain for days", said Saffo.
"Things are getting better slowly, and we thank God for that", White said.
"As of Monday afternoon, the N.C. Department of Transportation reported approximately 1,200 road closures - including interstates 95 and 40, numerous highways and other primary routes in North Carolina - due to flooding and debris from Florence", according to a press release issued by the department.
The coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina, remained cut off by flood waters early on Monday.
Businesses that charge too much may have to refund customers and pay up to $5,000 for every violation.
In a number of locations in eastern North Carolina, the sewer and drinking water systems have been damaged or overwhelmed.
"It's all kind of a blur", said Monroe, the sky overhead sunny and bright after the rain finally stopped. If it gets higher than 26 feet, "all bets are off", city public works Deputy Director Corey Walters said.
Six deaths have been confirmed in neighboring SC, with the latest being the driver of a pickup truck who drove into standing water in Lexington County.
President Donald Trump said federal emergency workers, first responders and law enforcement officials were "working really hard".
"We're underneath the tarp in the back of a military style high-water vehicle that's being driven by a retired Marine who's jumped into action here in New Bern", reports @edlavaCNN from North Carolina.