Florence is now a tropical depression and on its way north through Virginia, Pennsylvania, New England and Nova Scotia. More than 60 percent of homes and businesses were without power, and crews have completed about 700 rescues in the county where Wilmington is located.
Heavy rain will cause urban and small stream flooding in communities including Portsmouth, Hampton, Kittery, Greenland, Seabrook, Rye, Newington, Stratham, Hampton Falls, North Hampton, and New Castle.
The VA had readied mobile units to go to the region once the storm passed to provide services to stranded veterans, but it was unclear when they would actually start working in North Carolina.
While dealing with Florence in the Carolinas, the Trump administration's disaster relief chief found himself talking on Sunday news shows about the death toll in Puerto Rico from last year's Hurricane Maria, which President Donald Trump loudly disputed on Twitter.
Four days after Florence blew ashore and began unloading more than 60cm of rain that paralysed much of North Carolina, Wilmington was still virtually cut off from the rest of the state, with just one road tentatively open as a supply route.
North Carolina had deployed around 2,000 boats and 36 helicopters to help people stranded in floods, the state's director of emergency management, has said.
Florence is being blamed for at least 34 deaths in three states. Still, it displaced thousands of people and caused extensive property damage. The mother had driven around barricades on a closed stretch of road, the post said. Forecasters said states in the Northeast are in for as much as 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain before the system moves offshore again.
Some Carolinians were relieved that the storm was pushing out, despite the continued threat of flooding from rivers.
Tens of thousands of homes were damaged and at least 17 deaths were reported in North and SC.
On Tuesday morning, more than 320,000 homes remained without power across North Carolina. He urged those who evacuated to not to come back yet so as to not hamper the efforts of emergency personnel and supply trucks trying to reach the area.
"I know people are frustrated from having to wait indoors for so long and many people are without power - that has got to be very hard - but even as we speak we are pulling out of floodwaters and are rescuing people". "I can't thank the first responders enough".
"Flood waters are rising as rivers crest and they will for days".
Additionally, Hornets and National Basketball Association merchandising partner Fanatics has designed a special T-shirt featuring the Hornets logo in the middle of the states of North and SC surrounded by the words "Carolina Strong". About 1.8 million customers were affected by the storm. "It's a notice to people that roads are flooded", he said.