North Carolina officials warned motorists not to drive on roads in a large area - south of the I-64 and east of the I-73/74 highways - because of hazardous conditions in the southeast of the state.
Hurricane Florence has come and gone through North and SC, but its heavy rains and storm surge have caused significant flooding in cities and towns across the region. The storm has since been downgraded to a tropical storm.
"This storm is still deadly and risky and it's expected to turn northward later today into Virginia and the mid-Atlantic", he said.
Florence flattened trees, buckled buildings and crumpled roads. The North Carolina Department of Public Safety is telling residents to "Stay home, stay safe," and reports 654,393 power outages as of Sunday afternoon.
A woman and her baby were among the storm's first casualties when a tree fell on their house.
Storm surges - the bulge of ocean water pushed ashore by the hurricane - were as high as 10 feet (3 meters).
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"Please don't make yourself someone who needs to be rescued", Cooper said.
The storm's death toll climbed to 14 when a man drowned after a pickup truck flipped into a drainage ditch along a flooded road in SC.
There are now 2,000 federal workers working on storm response, supporting state efforts, said Tom Fargione, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer.
But it was clear that this was really about the water, not the wind.
Morehead City, North Carolina, had received 23 inches of rain by Friday night, and forecasters warned Saturday morning that parts of the Carolinas could get up to 15 inches more.
- A 78-year-old man was electrocuted in the rain while trying to connect extension cords for a generator in Lenoir County, North Carolina.
More than 450 people had to be rescued from swirling flood water over the weekend.
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Officials are warning that the worst of the storm may still be yet to come, as catastrophic flooding inundates the Carolinas coast.
Members of the Coast Guard help a stranded motorist in the flood waters caused by Hurricane Florence in Lumberton, North Carolina, Sept. 16, 2018.
Overflows also were reported at several hog "lagoons" - used to store waste from pig farms.
While dealing with Florence in the Carolinas, the Trump administration's disaster relief chief found himself talking on Sunday news shows about the death toll in Puerto Rico from last year's Hurricane Maria, which President Donald Trump loudly disputed on Twitter. Floyd produced 24 inches of rain in some parts of the state, while Florence has already dumped about 30 inches in areas around Swansboro.
Florence was downgraded from a hurricane soon after it made landfall on the USA east coast and, while winds have weakened to around 35mph, the danger is now posed by torrential rain and flooding. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay, or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches of water. Long is a North Carolina native. Rain-soaked furniture workers helped him quickly empty more than 1,000 mattresses from a warehouse in a low-lying strip mall.
"We got them out, but by the time we left, the water was so high that they would have drowned". "Do what you need to get ready for this one more time".
For that reason, Florence will stick in people's memories.
"The wind was so hard, the waters were so hard ..." More than 26,000 were in shelters.
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