Florence has demolished rainfall records.
Baker was unsure, however, whether this particular boat was part of state reconnaissance efforts, or simply someone taking a freaky boating trip down a US highway.
In cities well inland, like Fayetteville, North Carolina, the floodwaters are continuing to rise, even as the main remnants of the storm moved over the Mid-Atlantic states and into New England on Tuesday.
"We've never seen one like this. a storm like no other".
The Latest on the effects of Hurricane Florence. The water appeared to stop rising in Nichols, but the town of 360 was nearly entirely submerged for the second time in three years.
In a 2015 interview, Tim Davis, an entomologist and senior extension agent with Clemson University said: "If the water rises, they kind of all grab a hold of each other, and they can do this for several days, until they reach higher ground".
In tiny Galivants Ferry, Audra Mauer said she lost her home two years ago when Hurricane Matthew hit and she's losing it again to Florence.
Paige Sheehan, a spokeswoman for Duke Energy, said the company did not believe the breach at the L.V. Sutton Power Station posed a significant threat for increased flooding to nearby communities because the river is already running high.
"We are anxious right now that the water is gonna come up 4 feet higher than Hurricane Matthew levels, which were an all-time record and that's going to be pretty devastating", City Administrator Adam Emrick said. This year, the water broke the windows, leaving the pews a jumbled mess and soaked Bibles and hymn books on the floor.
Duke Energy said a dam containing a large lake at Wilmington power plant had been breached by floodwaters from Florence, and it was possible that coal ash from an adjacent dump was flowing into the Cape Fear River.
The animals killed by Florence will be buried, composted or "rendered" for usable parts, state officials said. "My gut is turning up", church member Dennis DeLong said.
The storm continues to severely hamper travel.
However, a portion of I-95 remained closed Friday over the border in North Carolina at Exit 13, the S.C. Transportation Department warned in a news release. "We put a lot of heart and soul into putting it back up". Some of them have been washed out entirely.
Additionally, Sanderson said about 30 Lumberton-area farms, housing approximately 211,000 chickens in each, have been isolated by flood waters.
Aerial imagery from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, from an altitude of 2,500 to 5,000 feet, offers zoomed-in views where you can see the specific fields and structures swamped by the storm.
In some areas, it will by days or weeks before the floodwaters fully recede and the landscape returns to normal.