Flood waters have cut off the coastal city of Wilmington from the rest of North Carolina.
"The waters are not rising anywhere near as fast, at least around the water plant, as they did during Matthew", Walters said. "It's worrying to watch the water slowly rising".
Officials are planning to airlift food and water to Wilmington after the city of almost 120,000 people became cut off from the rest of North Carolina by rising flood water from Florence.
"Unfortunately we've still got several days to go", Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told Fox News. More than 14,000 people remain in scores of shelters across the state. They show devastating flooding, homes destroyed by winds and fallen trees and rescues in action. "And that's where you start to see deaths escalate", he told CBS News.
For many, the water is not the only hazard, but also the loss of power.
A boring, leaden sky hung over Grifton on Sunday. "Florence is expected to produce heavy and excessive rainfall over the next couple of days".
The tiny town of Nichols was almost entirely destroyed in the flooding that followed Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
The other was electrocuted while connecting extension cords in the rain. "But the current is insane".
About 17,000 customers were without service in SC, mostly in northeastern SC near the North Carolina state line.
Widespread flooding has already reached roofs, turned highways into rivers and left thousands to be saved by rescue workers. "The risk is growing as well in the mountains, where rains could lead to unsafe landslides", he said.
- A woman in SC died after striking a downed tree while she was driving.
The death toll from Hurricane Florence has risen to at least 31, with 24 deaths confirmed in North Carolina.
The dead included a one-year-old boy who was swept away after his mother drove into floodwaters and lost grip on him as they tried to escape their vehicle.
Two men in their 70s died in Lenoir County.
S.C. officials advised northbound travelers coming from Georgia to either take I-85 through Greenville to Charlotte, or leave I-95 at Interstates 26 or 20, and drive to Columbia and get on I-77 to Charlotte.
"The agriculture industry, the largest industry in our state is hard-hit".
Thomas Hammett, of Otway, North Carolina, said he has been in the shelter for almost a week with his two children, Jerry, 11, Christopher, three.
Fifteen members of the Red Cross Disaster Assistance Response Team, made up of current and retired members of the FDNY, are headed to North Carolina to help Monday. "Driving is treacherous and flooding is impacting our ability to restore power".
The state Department of Transportation was able to clear debris from one route into Wilmington, and utility crews cleared downed power lines, Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon said.
The National Hurricane Center released its final advisory on Florence on September 16.
The death toll from Florence hits 23 as rescue efforts continue in the Carolinas as flooding persists.