Rain-gorged rivers threatened further flooding on the storm-battered US East Coast Monday as the death toll from Hurricane Florence, now a tropical depression, jumped to 31.
In a phone interview Friday, Kinlaw estimated 100 people were evacuated Thursday night and that about 50 people remain in the town. Bridges are starting to close because of flooding, he said, and friends were struck in traffic for hours trying to cross the town of 23,000.
Winslow said that some patients have hurricane-related problems after going days without power or drinkable water.
As of September 19, 27 were reported dead in North Carolina, more than 10,000 people remained in shelters, and more than 200,000 customers were without power across the state, according to state officials.
The remnants of Florence finally left the northeast of the U.S. on Tuesday.
The National Weather Service says the Lynches River could reach record flood levels late Saturday or early Sunday.
The investigation has been handed over to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the sheriff's office has launched an internal investigation, officials said.
A ninth person has died in SC because of Hurricane Florence bringing the total death toll for the massive storm and its subsequent record-shattering flooding to 42 people.
The hurricane prompted widespread evacuations and about 10,000 people remain in shelters, the governor said.
Experts have said that climate change has increased the likelihood of more massive, sluggish storms like Florence, capable of dropping record amounts of rain and touching off catastrophic flooding. Even as he underscored the ongoing danger, he highlighted the tireless efforts of first responders.
"Please don't make yourself someone who needs to be rescued", he said.
McMaster also says while the sun is shining and the rain is over, the worst is still to come. The water appeared to stop rising in Nichols, but the town of 360 was nearly entirely submerged for the second time in three years.
In a letter, he said, the flooding will be the worst disaster in the state's modern history.
Florence County emergency management officials issued the order Friday morning for about 500 people along 58 roads and streets in the area.
In Fayetteville, the Cape Fear River was expected to reach major flood stage at 58 feet (17.6 meters) on Monday and to hit almost 62 feet (18.9 meters) on Tuesday before receding.
The county has opened emergency shelters in Florence, Lake City, Johnsonville and Coward.
Highway patrol corporal Sonny Collins said the pickup ran off state highway 57, crashed and ended up in the water.
McMaster said Friday he had "contacted or attempted to speak personally with the families of everyone who we lost during this crisis, this tragedy", including the families of Newton and Green.
"They got hit, but the big hit comes days later and it will be the biggest they've ever had", said Trump, who visited North and SC this week. More than half the dead were found in vehicles.
A week after Hurricane Florence made landfall, the trillions of gallons of water it dumped over the Carolinas are slowly moving toward the sea and leaving a path of destruction behind.
In North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper warned residents to "stay alert" as water rises. McMaster asked congressional leaders to hurry federal aid.