North Carolina is confronting a spiralling crisis as tropical depression Florence slowly ravages the region, flooding cities, endangering communities from the coastline to the rugged mountains, and requiring many more than 1000 rescues.
"Today I think we are more prepared for this flooding, so we as a family are going to be right here", McCall said as she and her family prepared their home for the storm.
Officials in the Carolinas are anxious about what deaths are still to come amid the swelling rivers and flooding from Florence's crawl across both states.
Experts say people likely got complacent about Florence because of a scale that only categorizes hurricanes by wind strength. "There are people who would really just love a hot meal and a dry place to stay tonight and there are people across the state who are working hard to make that happen".
"At this time, things are moving as well as can be in the city, " he said. Making sure that people have temporary housing, roads are open, power is back on.
Among those closely tracking Florence's destructive path and aftermath is National Basketball Association legend Michael Jordan, who was raised in Wilmington, N.C., one of the towns that still remains largely besieged with water.
With Wilmington still mostly an island surrounded by Hurricane Florence's floodwaters and people waiting for hours for handouts of necessities like food, North Carolina's governor is pleading with thousands of evacuees to be patient and not return home just yet.
Items have been brought into the city by big military trucks and helicopters, which also have been used to pluck hundreds of desperate people from atop homes and other structures.
At least 32 people have been killed since Florence came ashore as a hurricane on Friday, including 25 in North Carolina and six in SC.
Flooded vehicles sit on a closed section of Interstate 95 in Lumberton, North Carolina, where the Lumber River overflowed following flooding from Hurricane Florence.
Aside from fire ants, scientists and officials warn that floodwaters can contain snakes, downed power lines, and diseases. In fact, they are especially adept at surviving floods, capable of banding together to create "rafts" that float like a Noah's Ark until the waters recede and they can rebuild their colony. Trump said nearly 20,000 military personnel and federal workers were deployed to help with the aftermath of Florence in the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic, and they would "do whatever it takes to keep the American people safe".
The weather service's Binghamton branch said that some places in NY got more than 3 inches of rain in less than 24 hours.
Three regional agency offices are closed after Hurricane Florence and some employees had to be evacuated due to rising water levels.
A deluge from the remnants of Hurricane Florence has flooded parts of New Hampshire, forcing firefighters to rescue several people. "There's going to be even more people leaving after this, I think", Walters said.