Residents (from left) Mike Haddock, 48, Katlyn Humphrey, 19, Michelle Haddock, 45, and Justin Humphrey, 24, remove possessions from the Haddock's flooded home using a jon boat in Trenton, North Carolina.
The death toll rose to at least 34 in three states, with 26 fatalities in North Carolina, as Florence's remnants went in two directions: Water flowed downstream toward the Carolina coast, and storms moved through the Northeast, where flash floods hit New Hampshire and NY state.
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.
The video was shot at Mile Marker 387 in Pender County along I-40. In Wilmington, the roads, airport, and sea port are all closed, with no way in or out of the city.
"Roads are still unsafe", Gov. Roy Cooper said, according to the paper. "Roads remain unsafe, and new road closings are still happening".
Secretary of Transportation Jim Trogdon said that 255 primary roads are closed in the state, down from 356 on September 17. "We're seeing this happen now and the result is not good", Cooper said. "They have risks of their own".
Nichols, who is no longer active duty, and his team said that in North Carolina, they are relying on social media to find people who needed to be rescued and asked people to reach out to him if they need help. The recommended detour for southbound traffic is to take I-40 west all the way to Hickory, and get on USA 321 south until it meets I-85 in Gastonia.
Republican U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott of SC are expected to fly on Air Force One with Trump.
83-Foot Wave Recorded By Satellite Monitoring Hurricane Florence
Hurricane-force winds were blowing 80 miles from its centre, and tropical storm force winds reached up to 195 miles from the eye. Services and flights have been suspended on Thursday and Friday at Wilmington International Airport on North Carolina's coast.
USA 301 in Cumberland and Robeson counties is also closed in several places.
Sanderson Farms announced Monday that at least 1.7 million of their birds perished when water rising from North Carolina rivers swamped dozens of farm buildings.
The N.C. Highway Patrol has stressed that people trying to return home should not drive around police barriers, said Cooper. He said they should stay put for now, namely people from Wilmington, which was hard-hit by the storm.
Officials are monitoring the levee in Lumberton, NC, which had a breach over the weekend. Seven of those dams are in places with that had rainfall around 15 inches or more. People have already died, and were it not for the heroic actions of hundreds of volunteers, more lives would be in peril.
For the first time since Florence ravaged North Carolina, residents in the island town of Wrightsville Beach are allowed to return homes Tuesday.
Preliminary statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed Florence had the fourth-highest rainfall total of any hurricane to hit the US mainland since 1950, with 35.94 inches (91.2 centimeters) at Elizabethtown, North Carolina.