A group of people waded through knee-deep water caused by Hurricane Florence and rescued six dogs that were locked inside a flooded kennel on Sunday. Major highways are covered and more than 700,000 homes have no power.
Officials have reported flooding caused by Tropical Storm Florence in Union County, located between Charlotte and Anson County.
The perils stretched across North Carolina's more than 800-kilometres width.
Forecasters say the worst flooding is yet to come. Flash flood watches extended all the way to Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York and southern New England.
Flooding and downed trees from Hurricane Florence are blocking dozens of roads in and around Wilmington Monday, leaving the city largely cut off from the rest of the state.
Hurricane Florence has come and gone through North and SC, but its heavy rains and storm surge have caused significant flooding in cities and towns across the region.
The dead included a 1-year-old boy swept away from his mother as they tried to escape their vehicle amid floodwaters.
The boy's mother drove around a barricade in the road and ended up stuck in rushing water on Sunday evening.
North Carolina's elections officials are assessing the possible effects of Hurricane Florence on county boards and the 2018 vote.
As the Navy's fleet of ships returns to Naval Station Norfolk after being sortied ahead of Hurricane Florence, two more ships will remain on standby for storm recovery assistance.
Some Carolinians were relieved that the storm was pushing out, despite the continued threat of flooding from rivers.
"We're going to need significant resources to recover", Cooper, the North Carolina governor, said.
"And when that flooding gets here, it can last up to 10 to 12 days or longer, from what we are being told". When excessive rain falls in a short amount of time, it can overwhelm drainage paths such as streams, creeks and roads.
Eric Tryggeseth, 59, found his home in Leland, North Carolina, without power on Monday and a tree laying in his front yard. 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 can't thank the first responders enough".
In all, about 420,000 homes and businesses in three states were in the dark.
Dominion Energy reported 6,000 customers in the Richmond area were without power due to Monday's storm.
Although there were no known fatalities from Florence, emergency personnel rescued 800 people from flooded homes during the storm, Stephens said.
Thousands of rescues have taken place in the two states and over 650 people were taken to safety in and around Wilmington, North Carolina, said Barbi Baker, a spokeswoman for New Hanover County.
By 5 am Monday, Florence's winds were about 45 kmph, the NWS said, with weakening forecast over the next 24 hours before intensifying again.