With one of North Carolina's largest cities still mostly cut off by floodwaters from Hurricane Florence, officials prepared to begin distributing food, water and tarps to Wilmington residents as yet more people were rescued from submerged inland neighborhoods.
On Monday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned the worst flooding may still be to come.
"I know people are frustrated from having to wait indoors for so long and many people are without power - that has got to be very hard - but even as we speak we are pulling out of floodwaters and are rescuing people".
Though slow-moving Florence has moved into the USA northeast, allowing glimpses of sunlight in the waterlogged state, at least 16 rivers remained at a major flood stage with three others set to crest in the coming days, the state said.
In Wilmington, many residents remain displaced and took advantage of relief distribution centers for supplies in the city that, for days, had been largely isolated. "So quite naturally it hits home, and I felt like I had to act in a sense that this is my home".
The Cape Fear River was expected to crest at 61.5 feet (19 meters), quadrupling its normal height, on Wednesday in Fayetteville, a city of 200,000 in the southern part of the state near the Fort Bragg army base, according to the National Weather Service.
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Crews conducted about 700 rescues in New Hanover County, where Wilmington is located.
More than 340,000 people still lacked electrical power, Cooper said.
Kenny Babb gathers items that floated out of his garage, seen in the background, as the Little River continues to rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Linden, N.C., TSept. On Tuesday, logs and other debris became trapped under a rail bridge as rushing brown water pushed against the span.
In South Carolina, 40 major roads were closed.
President Donald Trump took a preemptive strike Tuesday against criticism that may flow from the federal response to Hurricane Florence - claiming Democrats in the future will start peddling the "total lie" that first responders didn't perform well. "Road conditions are still changing", the North Carolina Department of Transportation said on Twitter yesterday.
Florence spawned 16 tornadoes Monday in central Virginia, killing one person.