By Tuesday, Guy said, "the remnants of Florence will be pushed towards the Northeast where areas from Northern Pennsylvania through central NY towards Boston could pick up some heavy rain".
At one stage, in the middle of the Atlantic, Florence was a category four hurricane.
There are now 2,000 federal workers working on storm response, supporting state efforts, said Tom Fargione, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper called Florence an "uninvited brute" that could wipe out entire communities as it grinds its way across land.
Utility crews worked to restore electricity.
About 1.7 million individuals in North Carolina, South Carolina as well as Virginia are under voluntary or even obligatory evacuation directions together with countless others reside in places destined to be impacted by the storm.
Florence, which came ashore as a hurricane on Thursday before weakening to a tropical depression by Sunday, is expected to weaken again today before re-intensifying on Tuesday and Wednesday, the US National Hurricane Center said. It said it was located about 60 miles west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and forecasters predicted a slow westward march.
It has dumped up to 40 inches (100 cm) of rain on North Carolina since Thursday and continued to produce heavy rain over much of North Carolina and eastern SC, the NWS said.
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Storm Florence weakened yesterday as it swept through the U.S. states of North and SC but dozens of communities are devastated and "epic" amounts of rain could still fall, officials said.
"It's frightful", said Mitch Colvin, the mayor of Fayetteville, North Carolina, in the eastern part of the state, where the rising Cape Fear River was expected to swamp bridges and cut his city in two.
Wilmington, North Carolina, has been cut off from the rest of the state thanks to Hurricane Florence's floodwaters, which are still rising.
Stephens said staff had gotten most of the roadways in and around New Bern open, with the exception of streets that have downed trees and electric lines or where roadway structural failures have occurred. "When you see stuff hit stuff, that creates more pressure", Simms said.
The city of Elizabethtown had the highest total of rain with 35.93 inches - a new record in North Carolina history. All of those alerts have come as a result of rain bands from Florence, which continues to be a large storm despite recently being downgraded to a depression.
Flash flooding and catastrophic river flooding will continue over a significant portion of the Carolinas in the coming days.
Some residents chose to stay behind when the storm crashed into the Carolinas. Inch after inch of rain fell on Charlotte and its suburbs, and communities in North Carolina's western mountains feared landslides.
Of those deaths, 13 took place in North Carolina and five in SC.
The storm was moving at 10 miles per hour (16 kph), with its center expected to cross the western Carolinas during Sunday and the Ohio Valley and Northeast United States on Monday and Tuesday. "But they will. And the question is how high will the water be, and we do not know". "So yeah, not safe", Ochoa said.
She isn't the only federal official set to visit North Carolina this week - President Donald Trump is also scheduled to make a visit, as is FEMA Administrator Brock Long.