"To the approximately 10,000 people staying in our shelters and the countless more who are staying with friends and families or in hotels, I know it was hard to leave home and it's even harder to wait", Cooper said.
"There is a strong potential that those who live within the 1-mile evacuation area of the Cape Fear River will be impacted by flooding", the city said in a statement.
As part of the Charlotte Hornets' continued effort to assist residents of the Carolinas who have suffered due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Florence, Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan is donating $2 million to organizations aiding in the relief and recovery efforts. Two of the SC victims were mental health patients who drowned on Tuesday when a van carrying them was swept away by floodwater.
Nests of poisonous fire ants were seen in flood waters across North Carolina, after Florence battered the region with heavy downpours over the weekend.More news: Google Home Hub 7-inch smart display leaks, doesn't have a camera
Two Kinston men died during Florence: a 68-year-old electrocuted while trying to connect two extension cords in Florence's torrential rains to power a generator, and a 77-year-old blown to the ground when he went outside to check on his hunting dogs during the storm. On Tuesday, logs and other debris became trapped under a rail bridge as rushing brown water pushed against the span.
He offered hugs and handshakes and posed for photos with people cleaning up their homes after the powerful storm.
Trump promised, "Whatever we have to do at the federal level, we will be there".
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But it will be a while before life gets back to normal. Businesses were re-opening and owners removed sandbags and plywood from storefronts.
The governor also said that 16 rivers in the state are at major flood stage and over 1,100 roads are closed. The former hurricane swamped dozens of farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market.
More than 18 million litres of partially treated sewage spilled into the Cape Fear River after power went out at a treatment plant, officials said, and the earthen dam of a pond holding hog waste was breached, spilling its contents.
"People don't realize how a very hard phase is beginning today, with the handsome sunshine", Trump said after his formal comments.
In a bright spot, the Lumber River appeared to be falling in hard-hit Lumberton, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) inland.More news: WR Jackson: Bucs need to stick with 'lights-out' Fitzpatrick
Solid: The six-time National Basketball Association champion and Charlotte Hornets owner contributed $1 million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation For The Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response Fund.