The governor said the cooperation with other federal agencies is the best it's every been, adding "we are confident we will come out of this".
A Philippine police officer says residents of a mining camp in a mountain village refused to leave ahead of the powerful typhoon, believing their chapel and nearby bunkhouses were on stable ground.
After submerging North Carolina with almost 3 feet (1 meter) of rain, the storm dumped more than 6.5 inches (16.5 centimeters) of rain in the Northeast, where it caused flash flooding.
Authorities say two female inmates being transported to a mental health facility in SC drowned in rising flood waters after the van they were in was swept away.
U.S. President Donald Trump is handing out warm meals and a bit of encouragement to some North Carolinians recovering from Hurricane Florence. Trump was criticized not only for an uneven federal response to that storm but for an off-note moment during a visit to San Juan in October 2017, when he rolls of paper towels into a crowd at a hurricane relief center.
The town's water treatment system overflowed with rain from Hurricane Florence, discharging sewage into Driving Branch in the Neuse River Basin. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, both North Carolina Republicans, and Sens. "We've never had it at those levels before so we don't really know what the impact will be just yet", he said. Just like you, we have questions we want answered. More water vapour means more rain, especially when the storm is a crawler like Florence, which slowed to about 2 miles per hour (1.6 km per hour) after slamming into the North Carolina coast.
Wilmington is still mostly cut off by floodwaters, although officials have been able to clear a couple routes into the city.
Evacuees from Pender and Brunswick counties should especially not go home due to flooding, he said.
About 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs have been killed in flooding from Florence as rising North Carolina rivers swamped dozens of farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market, according to state officials.
Hewett said the Cape Fear River could crest to its highest historic level - about 62 feet - by Wednesday.
"That thing is a total loss", Billy Sanderson told CNN affiliate WNCT, his voice breaking. "Even though there is no substantial rain in the forecast and the sun may be shining across many parts of our state, rivers continue to rise and we will see more flooding".
"Some of the hardest work is taking place right now, even though it's nice and attractive and sunny", Trump said as he led a briefing with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D), Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and others.
The area was inundated with rain that caused concern for large-scale flooding in the North Carolina and SC area.
At Fayetteville, about 160 kilometres inland, near the Army's sprawling Fort Bragg, flooding from Cape Fear River got so bad that authorities closed a vehicle bridge after the water began touching girders supporting the span's top deck.
Duke Energy reported Wednesday it had restored power to 1.5 million people and had 150,000 customers awaiting for power.