After submerging North Carolina with almost 3 feet (1 metre) of rain, the storm dumped more than 6.5 inches (16.5 centimetres) of rain in the Northeast, where it caused flash flooding, wind damage and prompted at least one tornado warning, the weather service said. "There will be nothing left undone", he said.
Additionally, Hornets and National Basketball Association merchandising partner Fanatics has designed a special T-shirt featuring the Hornets logo in the middle of the states of North and SC surrounded by the words "Carolina Strong".
"I know for many people this feels like a nightmare that just won't end", Cooper said.
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.
US President Donald Trump toured storm-battered areas of the Carolinas on Wednesday, handing out meals to residents and promising the "100 percent" support of the federal government to victims of Hurricane Florence.
Trump, who has been criticized for his handling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico a year ago, also thanked first responders for their work since Florence made landfall on Friday and recapped the efforts to get food to residents and restore power.More news: 'I don't have an attorney general,' Trump says in interview
The federal response to Florence has gotten much better reviews than when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico a year ago.
In South Carolina, workers with electricity provider Santee Cooper erected a temporary dike in hopes of preventing flooding of an old coal ash dump at the demolished Grainger Generating Station near Conway.
Officials says "danger still immediate" as record flooding continues to plague parts of the USA state. "You take care of yourself", he said.
Officials distributed goods Tuesday including food, water and tarps to Wilmington, North Carolina, residents who lined up in cars and on foot.
The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs were killed by Florence.
"If that road is in an area where it is a flood risk, and waters were rising, why were they driving on that road anyway?" said Bamberg, a state lawmaker.More news: TESS's first science image features the Southern Sky
To make matters worse, Florence was about 50 miles (80 km) larger in diameter due to global warming, putting more people in harm's way, the study showed.
U.S. President Donald Trump warned SC on Wednesday "water is coming your way" from more floods as the death toll from Hurricane Florence rose to at least 36 after a sheriff's van was swept away killing 2 women.
The governor said 16 rivers statewide were at major flood stage and more than 1,100 roads were closed.
This video was shot on Tuesday, before the river crested, in the vicinity of Fayetteville.
The area was inundated with rain that caused concern for large-scale flooding in the North Carolina and SC area.
The agency has not inspected any of the 3,300 waste lagoons in North Carolina and is relying on self-reporting by farmers, said spokeswoman Megan Thorpe.
Duke Energy reported Wednesday it had restored power to 1.5 million people and had 150,000 customers awaiting for power.More news: US President Donald Trump To Visit North Carolina As Waterways Rise