The storm formerly known as Florence - which hit North Carolina as a Hurricane last Friday and then proceeded to drop historic rainfall over much of the state - has brought catastrophic and deadly flooding to inland cities and coastal communities alike.
Fayetteville city manager Doug Hewett said he's concerned that with the rain gone, the residents may become complacent and try to get back home, which could be risky.
Department of Natural Resources agent James Mills ducks around a street sign as he patrols with fellow agent Cody Britt through floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Nichols, S.C., Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.
In North Carolina, a familiar story was unfolding as many places that flooded in Hurricane Matthew in 2016 were once again inundated.
The death toll from Storm Florence has risen to 37 after officials confirmed the deaths of two SC mental health patients, officials say. Flooding has also impacted areas such as Fayetteville and Kinston, where the Neuse River was still rising.
"Over the next couple of days it's going to get rough in South Carolina", Trump told a crowd gathered at the Horry County Emergency Operations Center.
Several sewer systems in the region also have released untreated or partly treated sewage and storm water into waterways over the last week, local media reported.
The National Weather Service reported flooding at 30 river gauges on Thursday, 12 of them major, mainly in North Carolina, but also in SC and Virginia. Two of the first deaths tied to Florence were confirmed in Wilmington, when 41-year-old woman and her 8-month-old baby were killed by a tree falling on their home. Early farm reports confirm pre-storm worries about losses to tobacco, cotton and corn crops.
Police say they died on Tuesday when a sheriff's van transporting them was caught in floodwaters. "Same levee. Same dams".
Two years ago, flooding ruined the baseboards and carpet of the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Spring Lake.
About 25 miles (40 kilometers) nearer to the SC coast, Kevin Tovornik tore out carpet and removed furniture as a preventative measure because he expected flooding at the house he has owned for 20 years in Conway, where the Waccamaw River was still rising. He heard friends stuck in traffic Thursday night for four hours.
"This is ridiculous. This is the worst I've ever seen, and that includes hurricane evacuations", Tovornik said. For instance, the 2 feet of rain that fell in Wilmington, North Carolina, raised the city's 2018 rainfall total to a record 7 feet. A photograph posted by the state transportation agency showed flowing water and buckled asphalt on a highway that had been one of the few passable routes into the city, where officials have distributed food and water to residents.
North Carolina's governor, Roy Cooper, warned that floodwaters would linger for days, and urged residents in the path of the hurricane who had evacuated not to return yet.
"We nearly lost our lives, I'm here to tell you we did", said White, whose family previously evacuated last Thursday as Florence, then a hurricane, approached from the Atlantic.
North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, who conducted an aerial survey of damage on Tuesday, said the flooding has affected the top six agricultural counties in the state.