Hitting North Carolina on Friday, Hurricane Florence has slowed right down in its path, meaning the Carolinas are facing the brunt of the storm conditions.
Stream gauges across the region showed water levels steadily rising, with forecasts calling for rivers to crest Sunday and Monday at or near record levels.
Florence could dump a staggering 18 trillion gallons of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland, meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com calculated.
Glover speculated that part of the problem could stem from an "until I can get to higher ground and make sure my family is safe, I can't talk to media", mindset.
The Miami-based center had said earlier Friday Florence's arrival would come with "catastrophic" fresh water flooding over portions of the Carolinas.
"Florence is here to stay for awhile", McMaster said from Columbia Friday afternoon. It has three-and-a-half times more storms that reach major hurricane strength of 111 miles per hour, and three times more accumulated energy out of those hurricanes, an index that measures not just strength and number of storms but how long they last, according to more than 65 years of storm data.
"This system is unloading epic amounts of rainfall, in some places measured in feet and not inches", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news briefing. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU".
He added that 20,000 people were being housed in shelters across the state. Despite what some of my more hesitant colleagues might say, you can connect individual weather events to climate change in this day and age.
Serious flooding is expected in inland areas of the two states, with waters already rising in communities such as Conway, South Carolina, near Myrtle Beach - and some rivers may not crest for another three to five days. Her 6-foot-2 husband went to see what he could do, but the water was above his chest, she said.
The body of a 77-year-old man, also in Kinston, was found by his family at his home, and it is believed he died when he was blown down after going outside to check on his hunting dogs, Dail said. There had been no reports of injuries or fatalities, though most of the city was without power and thousands of buildings had been damaged, she said. SC recorded its first death from the storm, with officials saying a 61-year-old woman was killed when her vehicle hit a tree that had fallen across a highway.
Cooper said others should not follow suit.
"You can walk faster than this storm is moving", said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo.
Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and restoration could take weeks. But its progress had slowed to a crawl of 5 miles per hour.
Two fins were spotted in the high water in Wilmington.
Firefighters said the area had not been in the zone under evacuation orders.