Rivers and waterways, swollen after Florence's historic deluge, rose dangerously across the Carolinas on Tuesday, closing roads, inundating communities, hindering rescue and fix efforts and preventing evacuees from returning home.
The death toll from the storm rose to at least 34 in three states, with 26 fatalities in North Carolina, as Florence's remnants brought downpours to the heavily populated Northeast, triggering flooding in New Hampshire and NY state.
In North Carolina, transportation officials Tuesday continued advising motorists who ordinarily might take southbound I-95 from Virginia to SC that flooding has made long sections of I-95 in North Carolina impassable.
North Carolina is a top USA producer of poultry, hogs and tobacco, and agriculture contributes $87 billion to the state's economy, making it its No. 1 industry.
Jordan is donating $1 million each to the American Red Cross and Foundation For The Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response Fund. One person was killed in Virginia by an apparent tornado whipped up by Florence, and six were killed in SC.More news: Kavanaugh's accuser wants Federal Bureau of Investigation probe before she testifies
The White House said U.S. President Donald Trump will visit North Carolina on Wednesday to see the damage. He was criticized for his handling of Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico past year, and more recently for disputing the official death toll of 3,000.
In the town of Fair Bluff, North Carolina, which has struggled to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew in 2016, only about 50 residents remained on Tuesday, Fair Bluff Police Chief Chris Chafin told Reuters.
In Lumberton, where the Lumber River inundated homes, Fire Chief John Paul Ivey couldn't even count how many calls authorities had received about people needing to be rescued.
"I haven't been home since it started". More than 1,000 roads remain closed in the state, and flooding could get worse. Roads were being cleared and the landfill was open to accept storm refuse.
"This is an epic storm that is still continuing", Cooper told a news conference.More news: Mike Zimmer has brutal quote about cutting struggling Vikings kicker
"We've been going so hard and fast we don't have a number yet, " he said.
In South Carolina, 40 major roads were closed.
Thousands of rescues have taken place in the Carolinas, and more than 650 people were taken to safety in and around Wilmington, North Carolina, said Barbi Baker, a spokeswoman for New Hanover County.
Sunday, it seemed, was when the storm system that had stalked the South for days - first as a hurricane, then as a tropical storm and eventually as a tropical depression - showed its full power with staggering scope. Power outages in the Southeast also were down, from a high of more than 910,000 to about 245,000, almost all in North Carolina.
The six-time National Basketball Association champion, who now owns the Charlotte Hornets, told The Associated Press that amid the storm's impact, he's been in contact with friends and family members who live in coastal areas of the state.More news: Renault-Nissan-M'bishi alliance ties up with Google on in-car services
Significant property damage has also been reported. Further flooding could push up that figure.