The storm made landfall at Wrightsville Beach, NC, around 7:40 a.m. ET Friday as a Category 1 hurricane.
Although Hurricane Florence's immediate impact on the Carolinas wasn't as bad as some people expected, the rains that have been falling on the East coast for the last few days have brought flooding that seems decidedly Biblical.
The governor said that 23 truckloads of supplies were able to make it into Wilmington this morning, though officials are uncertain whether the single road into the city will remain functional as rivers continue to flood. After some navigation apps or in-car map directions sent people in North Carolina onto roads that got flooded or blocked by debris, Google-owned Waze said it was working with local governments and its own community of volunteer map editors to mark closures of more than 1,300 roads in North Carolina and hundreds more in SC and Virginia.
The volunteer United Cajun Navy rescue group says it was helping in Leland, where about 200 people have made calls for help, after it made numerous rescues in Wilmington.
Speaking with members of the press outside of the Craven County Courthouse, Cooper said state and local governments have to figure out how to rebuild their communities after the destruction of Hurricane Florence.
Hurricane Florence is the wettest tropical depression ever in North Carolina.
"The storm has never been more risky than it is right now", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said at a news conference yesterday.
► At least 18 people are dead as Florence batters the Carolinas.
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"This is an epic storm that is still continuing", Cooper said. The flooding could presist for several weeks in some areas.
On Monday, police in Union County, North Carolina, recovered the body of a one-year-old boy who had been swept away by floodwaters.
Rescue teams are out in force, pulling about a thousand people from their flooded homes, and shelters are overflowing with evacuees.
River forecasts showed the scene could be repeated in towns as far as 250 miles inland amid rising waters in the coming days.
Two men pulling a kayak pick up a gas canister as they walk across a road flooded by Hurricane Florence in Pollocksville, North Carolina, on September 16, 2018.
Some half a million customers in the Carolinas were still without electricity on Monday, according to emergency officials.
The state board said it's already sending out state ballots for several counties that can't do so because of flooding, power and internet outages or because their offices are inaccessible.
The death came within hours of a man being found dead beside a vehicle amid receding floodwaters in Marshville, the paper reported. "As the water recedes things will get better".
Large segments of the major corridor also were closed in North Carolina, making north-south travel subject to long detours.