The coastal town of New Bern, North Carolina, wasn't hit head-on by Tropical Storm Florence, but it was hit hard, with flooding that trapped people in their homes and prompted 455 rescues, a city spokeswoman said Saturday.
Even though Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm after it made landfall, it is proving to still be risky.
North Carolina utilities estimated that as many as 2.5 million state residents could be left without power, the state's Department of Public Safety said.
The tree was about 6 feet above the road surface.
"The rainfall is epic and will continue to be", Cooper said. "People that are evacuating are wanting to come back (soon) and they're disregarding the flood impact, and there's going to be no power, no food".
"Know that water is rising fast everywhere, even in places that don't typically flood".
It had weakened to a tropical depression by Sunday, but was forecast to drop another 5 to 10 inches (13 to 25 cm) of rain in North Carolina, bringing rainfall totals in some inland areas to 15 to 20 inches and over 30 inches (76 cm) closer to the coast, according to the National Hurricane Center.
More than 360 people had to be rescued in New Bern North Carolina alone.
Members of the North Carolina Task Force urban search and rescue team wade through a flooded neighbourhood looking for residents in Fayetteville, North Carolina. "We want you home but you can't come yet".
Colleen Roberts, city public information officer for the area, told BBC World News more than 4,000 homes had been "destroyed or completely damaged" there, based on calls they had received for emergency services.
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A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Damage to homes in her neighborhood was "horrible", she said. "Do NOT attempt to travel unless you are fleeing an area subject to flooding or under an evacuation order".
The storm was also a factor in the death of a woman who suffered a heart attack since emergency crews couldn't reach her due to a fallen tree, as The Wall Street Journalreported.
But the outer bands from the storm will continue to flow into Cumberland County throughout the day, he said.
A 77-year-old man was apparently knocked down by the wind and died after going out to check on his hunting dogs, Lenoir County authorities said.
Members of Onslow County emergency look to see if a passenger was still in a auto that was overtaken by flooding on US Route 17 outside of Jacksonville, North Carolina on September 15, 2018 during Tropical Storm Florence.
Officials said flood waters from other areas are accumulating north of the county and filling the river basins beyond their capacities.
The White House said President Donald Trump approved making federal funding available in some affected counties. Disaster response efforts are underway. They are part of Cajun Navy which is an informal volunteer group set up after Hurricane Katrina.
Navy ships will begin returning to southeast Virginia on Sunday but at least one jurisdiction on southwestern Virginia declared a state of emergency on Saturday, as officials predicted that Tropical Storm Florence might threaten parts of the state with catastrophic flooding this week.