"We face walls of water at our coasts, along our rivers, across our farmland, in our cities and in our towns".
The state Emergency Management Division estimated more than 170,000 South Carolinians were without power before lunchtime Saturday.
Rainfall enough to cause major flooding could occur in part of northern Georgia, eastern Tennessee and perhaps southern West Virginia.
More than 20,000 people are staying in 157 emergency shelters in North Carolina, Cooper said. A 105 miles per hour wind gust recorded in Wilmington Friday morning was the second-strongest ever.
Photos and videos from around the region, and particularly North Carolina, showed the power that Florence contained as it came ashore, leading to rescues across the area.
Power outages are widespread, affecting over 740,000 homes and businesses in North Carolina and 163,000 in SC.
"It's the first time we've ever had to move anything like this", Rose said. Or no longer it is anticipated to hotfoot over substances of the Carolinas into the weekend, its torrential rain pounding some areas over and over.Or no longer it is "relentless and excruciating and extremely late", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper acknowledged. Forecasters predicted severe flooding for parts of southeastern North Carolina and northeastern SC starting Sunday. The previous record, 17.45 inches, was set during Tropical Storm Beryl in 1994. Many of them are boat owners, who help rescue stricken flood victims.
Evacuation orders have been lifted in several coastal SC counties as Florence continues to dump rain on the state.
In the Fayetteville area, John Rose owns a furniture business with stores less than a mile (1.6 kilometers) away from the Cape Fear River. This round of flooding is predicted to be worse - cresting at what would be a record 22.8 feet just to the north by Tuesday - and the river already was encroaching her yard Saturday. "We don't need them going back into their areas until they're cleared safe to go". We got thrown into mailboxes. A woman, who went into cardiac arrest, was also found dead at her home in Pender County after emergency responders were prevented from reaching her by impassable roads.
Four deaths were confirmed by officials as USA media reported another.
"The main thing right now is to get this water pumped down" from the city, he said.
"If you live in south Lumberton, west Lumberton, go ahead and leave now while you can, please", Cantey told CNN on Saturday morning.
But with half of the storm still out over the Atlantic, Florence continued to collect warm ocean water and dump it on land.
Though it was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane at landfall Friday and later weakened to a tropical storm, Florence remains a massive storm that will dump trillions of gallons of rain on eastern North Carolina before sweeping across SC. Wilmington police tweeted that the father was transported to the hospital with unspecified injuries. Along with other home cleanup and fix work ministries, Frazier said his group works to "basically restore somebody back to where they were as much as we can".
Two men in their 70s were killed in Lenoir County.
In North Carolina, a mother and infant died when a tree fell on their house, a 78-year-old man was electrocuted while plugging in a generator in the rain, and a 77-year-old man died after being blown to the ground while checking on his hunting dogs.