News correspondent Gadi Schwartz captured a video of a fire ants forming colonies in North Carolina's flooded streets, sharing the video on Twitter.
Hurricane Florence made landfall on Friday, but it's 90 miles per hour winds and 20-plus inches of rain have left damage and flooding throughout portions of eastern and central North Carolina. In South Carolina, 40 major roads were closed.
With the remnants of Florence finally out to sea and skies bright over rivers still swelling with muddy water, President Donald Trump visited the disaster zone, riding through soggy neighbourhoods and helping pass out warm meals at a church.
On September 10, 2018, the National Hurricane Center warned the residents of Virginia and North and SC that the fast approaching tropical storm Florence was gaining strength and could make landfall as a Category 5 hurricane.More news: The Timberwolves And Tom Thibodeau Are Battling Over Jimmy Butler
In North Carolina, many people have started returning to flooded homes as the rivers receded.
Panthers fans will have the opportunity to support Hurricane Florence relief efforts by making cash donations at collection points at Bank of America Stadium during Sunday's home game. "Even though there is no substantial rain in the forecast and the sun may be shining across many parts of our state, rivers continue to rise and we will see more flooding".
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said the state's resources and personnel have shifted to the Pee Dee region.
With the crisis slowly moving to SC, emergency managers on Friday ordered about 500 people to flee homes along the Lynches River. McMaster asked congressional leaders to hurry federal aid.More news: Diablo Animated Series in the Works At Netflix
"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.
Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center said it was monitoring four areas in the Atlantic for signs of a new tropical weather threat. One was off the coast of the Carolinas with a chance of drifting toward the coast.
Authorities have said 23 out of the 46 counties in SC could potentially be impacted by flooding.
At Fayetteville, about 100 miles inland, near the Army's sprawling Fort Bragg, flooding from Cape Fear River got so bad that authorities closed a vehicle bridge after the water began touching girders supporting the span's top deck.More news: Emre Can receives backlash for 'women' comment on Ronaldo red card
Duke Energy Corp said on Friday that breaches in a cooling lake dam forced it to shut down its natural gas-fired L.V. Sutton plant in North Carolina. Officials warned human, hog and other animal waste were mixing in with floodwaters in the Carolinas.