Throwing a lifeline to a city surrounded by floodwaters, emergency crews delivered food and water to Wilmington on Monday as rescuers picked up more people stranded by Hurricane Florence and the storm's remnants took aim at the densely populated Northeast.
It's the first death believed to have been caused by Florence in SC.
Additional rainfall totals from Florence, according to NOAA.
Tropical storm-force winds stretched up to 150 miles (240 kilometers) from the storm's center.
Northam said in a news release Saturday that emergency management officials are working to move people and commodities into place to prepare for flooding, including swift water rescue teams.
Residents are being asked to leave immediately.
Maysie Baumgardner, 7, sheltered with her family at the Hotel Ballast in downtown Wilmington as Florence's floodwaters filled the streets.
"Many people who think that the storm has missed them have yet to see its threat", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said. No passengers were in the vehicle at the time of the crash.
"If you live in a floodplain and planned on staying, you might need to reevaluate", said Joel Cline, a North Carolina native and meteorologist with the National Hurricane Center.
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 at Elizabethtown, North Carolina. Law enforcement has set up a detour. It acknowledged there will seemingly be "flooding miles and miles inland". She tried to row out of her neighborhood Thursday night with a boat that was in her yard after her home began to flood, but had to retreat because of the poor conditions. He urged motorists not to travel east of I-95 or south of U.S. Highway 70.
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The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Florence has finally made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. It's about the water, not the wind, with Hurricane Florence making an extended stay along the North Carolina coast.
The Navy says nearly 30 Virginia-based ships and 128 aircraft sent away from their bases in the Hampton Roads-area because of now-Tropical Storm Florence have been given the go-ahead to return.
A Navy statement says the decision comes after inspections of the region's port and airfield.
Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms.
A tornado watch was issued for parts of North and SC as emergency management officials also warned of the potential for dam failures and landslides.
Volunteers athletic director Phillip Fulmer had announced Wednesday that evacuees would get free tickets as long as they provided IDs showing they're from counties under evacuation orders.
Determining the role climate change plays in storms like Florence and Mangkhut is complicated, experts tell the AP.
By late Friday evening, tropical storm-force winds reaching 85 miles per hour were slamming the coast of both states.
The only storm-related death in South Carolina was confirmed by South Carolina Highway Patrol who said that a woman died Friday night after the auto she was driving struck a tree. It's expected to be well past major flood stage (19 feet) from Sunday morning into at least Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.
The first units were expected to come online early next week in New Bern and Washington, North Carolina, according to Jack Frazier, the Baptist Men's disaster relief coordinator.