In South Carolina, the Pee Dee and Waccamaw rivers will climb through the end of the week, potentially setting records around Saturday.
"The fact that there haven't been more deaths and damage is unbelievable and a blessing", said Rebekah Roth, walking around Wilmington's Winoca Terrace neighborhood.
- Another man in Lenoir County was electrocuted while trying to connect two extension cords.
Storm surges - the bulge of ocean water pushed ashore by the hurricane - were as high as 10 feet.
Shaken after seeing waves crashing on the Neuse River just outside his house in New Bern, restaurant owner and hurricane veteran Tom Ballance wished he had evacuated.
"I thought I'd come out here and see if I could get more fuel, but no luck", said Steve McLean outside a Harris Teeter gasoline station that had electricity, but no gasoline.
In Leland, a low-lying city north of Wilmington, homes and businesses were engulfed by water that rose up to 10 feet (3 metres) over Highway 17, submerging stop signs in what local people called unprecedented flooding.
The speed of the storm slowed down significantly after it made landfall, crawling westward at 2 miles per hour (4 kilometers per hour) for the remainder of the weekend. "Feels great. The water's really cool".
Up to 6 more inches of rain could fall in parts of North Carolina and Virginia from Sunday evening to Tuesday evening, forecasters said.
By yesterday morning, the storm's winds had dropped to about 55kmh.
That's how hard the wind gusted in North Carolina's New River Inlet.
Near the flooded-out town of New Bern, where about 455 people had to be rescued from the swirling flood waters, water completely surrounded churches, businesses and homes.
Fears of what could be the worst flooding in the state's history led officials to order tens of thousands to evacuate, though it wasn't clear how many had fled or even could.
Authorities warned, too, of risks of mudslides and environmental disasters from floodwaters washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.
Besides federal and state emergency crews, rescuers were being helped by volunteers from the "Cajun Navy" - civilians equipped with light boats, canoes and air mattresses - who also turned up in Houston during Hurricane Harvey to carry out water rescues.
Hurricane Florence is continuing to make itself felt throughout the country with rain from the storm spreading from the Appalachians to the Northeast and the Ohio Valley, according to The Weather Channel.
Florence was downgraded from a hurricane soon after it made landfall on the USA east coast and, while winds have weakened to around 35mph, the danger is now posed by torrential rain and flooding. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimeters) of water, he calculated.
The coastal North Carolina city of Wilmington, population 117,000, is so deeply submerged that no one can get in - not even aid workers carrying fuel and critical supplies.
Long said more havoc lays ahead as the storm broadens its geographic scope over regions deeply saturated with water.
"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted during the height of the storm. One women broke down in tears in the panic that she wouldn't get petrol.
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As it moves over land, the storm will slow down and begin to lose power. "Today the threat becomes a reality". By late Thursday, people were, for better or for worse, locked into their decision: go or stay.
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Although Florence was still days from arrival, authorities took extraordinary measures to move people out of harm's way. Kevin Orth loads sandbags into cars in Charleston, SC, as he helps residents prepare for Hurricane Florence .