More than 30 inches (75cm) of rain has fallen across North and SC since Friday, with tens of thousands of people evacuated from their homes. The storm's death toll has reached at least 14, and officials expect that number to grow.
Heavy rain has fallen on portions of central and eastern SC after former hurricane-turned-Tropical Depression Florence moved onshore. "The Cape Fear, Lumber, Neuse, Yadkin, and portions of the Rocky River and the South Fork of the Catawba River, are still rising, and not expected to crest until later today, or tomorrow".
North Carolina governor Roy Cooper said: "The risk to life is rising with the angry waters".
In Wilmington, citizens who had determined not to evacuate were lining as much as getting ice from a vending device - $2 for a 16-pound (7.2-kilo) bag.
Woody White, the New Hanover county commission chair, said officials were planning for food and water to be flown into the coastal city. CBS News' Meg Oliver reported swollen rivers are spilling over their banks onto the streets. But with radar showing parts of the storm over six Southeastern states and flood worries spreading into southern Virginia and West Virginia, North and SC were still in the bull's-eye.
"The worst is yet to come", said Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin "Get to higher ground now".
In Leland, a low-lying city north of Wilmington, homes and local businesses were engulfed by water yesterday.
Florence forecast: 15 more inches of rain, record-setting floods inland
The expanded flash flood watch includes Bedford, Charlottesville, Staunton and Lexington and is in effect through Monday evening. North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons, enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches.
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. We are surrounded by pine trees, and the Carolina pines just danced around and didn't really fall.
"We would prefer to have a 12th game", Fedora said. "Last time we had sun was on Wednesday".
Five people were arrested for breaking into a Dollar General Store, said Wilmington police, who have imposed a night-time curfew.
The storm once known as Hurricane Florence has already killed 20 people, trapped hundreds more and made parts of the Carolinas impassable.
"If the river rises to the level they say it's going to, then this warehouse is going to be under water".
Roads were closed and authorities warned of landslides, tornadoes and flash floods, with dams and bridges in peril as rivers and creeks swelled. But so far officials said the state's many lagoons of toxic hog waste had withstood the storm.
Hurricane Florence destroyed into the United States east coastline Friday with howling gusts of wind, torrential rains as well as frightening severe storm surges as crisis crews scrambled to save a huge selection of individuals trapped in their residences by overflow waters.
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. I talked to quite a few coaches this morning over on the eastern side of the state who have been directly hit, who are trying to figure out where their teams are.