News outlets report that the Charlotte County sheriff's office says the boy was struck by lightning at Central Middle School during storms Monday.
"That's enough to cause flooding in areas that have never flooded before until now".
Cooper said help is getting into areas that have been cutoff by floodwaters. Forecasters said it was expected to gradually pick up forward speed and complete a big turn toward the Northeast, which is in for as much as 6 inches of rain. I-95 is also closed between exits 19 and 22 in Lumberton because of flooding. The relentless rain also helped Wilmington, North Carolina break its annual rainfall record with three months left to go in the year. "We ain't going to be able to do it by ourselves", he said.
As of Sunday, at least 14 deaths in the southeast USA were being blamed on Florence, according to ABC News. Multiple locations in North Carolina saw more than 76cm of rain, making this the wettest tropical system to ever hit the US East Coast.
Emergency workers delivered truckloads of food and water to the coastal city of Wilmington, which remains largely cut off from the rest of North Carolina with just one major accessible route.
State officials have continually warned people not to drive through water.
Over 450,000 homes and businesses in North and SC were still without power on Monday evening, down from a peak of almost 1 million outages.
"The floodwaters were rising so I figured I better get out of there", he said.
At least 15 people have died since Florence made landfall Friday as a Category 1 hurricane near Wrightsville Beach, 10 in North Carolina and five in SC.
The storm's aftermath created ideal conditions for snakes, he said, "so I will be watching my feet closely until things reach equilibrium again".
As the the storm passed over, April McCall and her family, who have lived in Lumberton for over thirty years, opened their home for inside look at what it's like to endure constant flooding when you don't have the means to fix what's lost.
[Robert B. Jackson, an environmental scientist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina] pointed to a 1999 hurricane that flooded hog farms in North Carolina. State officials said there had been a small dam breach that did not cause any significant damage and they were monitoring other structures closely.
More than 300 people remained Monday at a shelter on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Raleigh, the state capital which escaped the brunt of the storm.
► North Carolina's New Bern and Wilmington experienced severe flooding and extensive building damage.