North Carolina emergency response officials tweeted that 23 truckloads of military meals and bottled water were delivered overnight to Wilmington, the state's eighth-largest city. Authorities have ordered an immediate evacuation for 7,500 people living near Cape Fear and Little Rivers.
'Rescued six dogs in Leland, NC, after the owner LEFT THEM locked in an outdoor cage that filled with flood water that was rapidly rising, ' Journalist Marcus DiPaola posted on Twitter on Sunday.
LUMBERTON, North Carolina - Even as Florence leaves the Carolinas, the floodwaters and death toll keep rising.
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. "But I do know there is a long road to recovery in the days, weeks, months and even years ahead".
Florence itself was centered about 100 miles (165 km) north-northwest of Philadelphia, the weather service said on Tuesday, reduced to an elongated low-pressure area with maximum sustained winds of 25 miles (35 km) per hour.
Near the flooded-out town of New Bern, where about 455 people had to be rescued from the swirling flood waters, water completely surrounded churches, businesses and homes. The agency said more than a dozen roads were closed due to high water. At a different power plant near Goldsboro, three old coal ash dumps capped with soil were inundated by the Neuse River.
"Lots and lots of water. Like, you can't see the swings anymore", Lashieka Becton said, describing the scene to NPR's Brakkton Booker. "I don't know what to think". "And that's where you start to see deaths escalate", Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told US television networks.
The 120,000 residents of Wilmington have no means of travel inside the city, and no one can get in to them. "It's like a period of being in limbo".
Dr. David Calloway, an emergency physician, said patients started asking for help at the mobile unit, called Carolinas MED-1 and operated by Atrium Health. 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". "Ask your neighbor who they used and their experience", he said. "People fail to heed warnings and get out or they get into the floodwaters trying to escape their home".
Outside Myrtle Beach, a stretch of the normally busy Highway 501 was reopened early Monday. Power is still out for the majority of residents, and the ongoing flooding will make it hard for the power company to begin work to restore downed lines.
Disasters have been declared in eight North Carolina counties along the coast.
The president had already issued a similar declaration for North Carolina, easing the flow of federal aid to the states.