Towns and cities across the state were filling thousands of sandbags, finalizing evacuation plans and organizing rescue crews as they nervously watched swollen rivers rise near or beyond their flood stages, a week after Florence dumped some three feet of rain on the region.
At least 37 people died in the storm, while many still remain without power.
The death toll from Storm Florence has risen to 37 after officials confirmed the deaths of two SC mental health patients, officials say.
"The Cape Fear River will crest again this weekend, along with the Lumber River", the North Carolina Department of Transportation tweeted Friday, adding that the Neuse will rise Monday.
Some areas could stay underwater for weeks, forecasters warned.
"We had to evacuate again, all over again, and got trapped in a bunch of water in a auto and nearly lost our lives", she said.
"You better pray. I think we all need to pray that it don't happen".
Farmers say Hurricane Florence destroyed tobacco crops in NC. Residential streets have turned into rivers and freeways have morphed into waterways.
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. Some are waiting for the water levels to recede, while others are unable to return home either because the roads remain closed or because they have no way to get there. He told residents to avoid driving east of Interstate 95 and south of US-70.
It moved slowly over the affected region, bringing two days of heavy rain, bringing non-stop flooding caused by storm surges and rivers bursting their banks.
About 3500 vehicles came through for supplies on the first day they were available, county officials said in a Facebook post.
A week later, residents are still dealing with major flooding as hundreds of thousands attempt to pick up the remnants of their damaged homes and businesses.
Assessments of the storm's economic and environmental impact are under way.
It noted there are two coal ash basins on the site, but said there was "no visible ash in the cooling lake".
Duke Energy Corp said on Friday that breaches in a cooling lake dam forced it to shut down its natural gas-fired L.V. Sutton plant in North Carolina.
With the crisis slowly moving to SC, emergency managers on Friday ordered about 500 people to flee homes along the Lynches River. At least one of those deaths was in Lenoir County, and a mother and infant were killed in the Wilmington area.