"I think we're OK".
The military is providing assistance to flood ravaged SC.
The centre of the storm moved slowly westward on Saturday across the Carolinas, bringing further heavy rain and flooding, the US National Hurricane Centre says.
Cooper said others should not follow suit.
More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters. "Roads are closed in many places and more are closing even as we speak".
Florence blew ashore early Friday in North Carolina with 90 miles per hour winds, buckling buildings, deluging entire communities and knocking out power to more than 900,000 homes and businesses as it crawled inland and weakened into a still-lethal tropical storm.
As Hurricane Storm Florence lashed through the Carolinas with howling winds and heavy rain, one reporter was captured attempting to keep it together as winds appeared to lash at him, but was mocked when two people were seen walking behind him with little difficulty.
A mother and baby died when a tree crashed into their home, the Wilmington Police Department saidon TwitterFriday afternoon.
United States media later said a man in Lenoir County died after heavy winds knocked him down as he tried to check on his dogs.
"The wind was so hard, the waters were so hard, that trying to get out we got thrown into trailers".
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.
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As it made landfall on the USA southeast coast on Friday, Florence buckled buildings, flooded entire communities and left more than 900,000 homes and businesses without power.
Environmentalists have been warning for decades that Duke's coal ash ponds were vulnerable to severe storms and pose a threat to drinking water supplies and public safety.
"I can not overstate it: Floodwaters are rising, and if you aren't watching for them you are risking your life", Gov. Roy Cooper said.
Two others died in the state from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a generator inside their home, according to a local coroner.
The centre of the slow-moving storm, downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane after it came ashore Friday afternoon, was almost stalled over SC early Saturday, about 55 kilometres west of Myrtle Beach, moving west-southwest at just 8 km/h and scooping massive amounts of moisture from the sea. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimetres) of water, he calculated.
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The powerful storm already has inundated coastal streets with ocean water and left tens of thousands without power, and forecasters say that "catastrophic" freshwater flooding is expected along waterways far from the coast of the Carolinas. Over a million residents in North Carolina are now without power and authorities have confirmed at least five deaths.
Storm surges - the bulge of ocean water pushed ashore by the hurricane - were as high as 10 feet, backing up onto rivers already swollen by almost two feet of rain. Rivers will continue to rise days after the rain has stopped, he said. "Nobody expected this", a rescued resident, Tom Ballance, toldThe Weather Channel.
As for the landslides, Gov. Henry McMaster did warn about possible landslides in the state, but he was referring to northwestern portions of the state, not the Grand Strand.
Gusts reached over 100 miles per hour - the highest recorded in North Carolina since 1958.
23 aviation rescues, and counting.
Authorities have set up 89 emergency operation centers throughout the state. The Lumber River is expected to crest at more than 11 feet (3.3 meters) above flood stage Sunday, which would put the floodwaters near the top of the earthen dike containing the plant's coal ash dump.