More than 1,200 roads in North Carolina were closed on Monday due to flooding from Hurricane Florence, now downgraded to a tropical depression, which brought record rain and storm surges to the state.
More than 25 inches of rain has already fallen in parts of North Carolina, and more than 15 inches of rain has fallen in parts of SC.
Rescuers freed six dogs that were locked up in an outdoor cage in North Carolina during Hurricane Florence, as the water level was rapidly rising.
He said that roughly 10,000 people who remain in shelters and "countless more" staying elsewhere. Click through to see Florence's devastation from above.
Officials in North Carolina have said over 900 people have been rescued from floodwaters by the US Coast Guard and volunteers. They show devastating flooding, homes destroyed by winds and fallen trees and rescues in action.
Florence dumped close to 36 inches of rain, according to totals measured in Elizabethtown, North Carolina.
"For many parts of North Carolina, the danger is still immediate", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference Monday. More than 60 percent of homes and businesses were without power, authorities said.
Preliminary statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed Florence had the fourth-highest rainfall total of any hurricane to hit the US mainland since 1950, with 35.94 inches (91.2 centimeters) at Elizabethtown, North Carolina.
Floodwaters from Hurricane Florence inundate the town of Trenton N.C. Sunday Sept. 16 2018
Major flooding is expected to continue in the state after Florence's passing or even worsen in some areas.
"I know it was hard for them to leave and it's even more difficult for them to be waiting at home not knowing what is happening here or whether they even have a home to come back to", said Cooper.
"There's too much going on..."
Nichols, who is no longer active duty, and his team said that in North Carolina, they are relying on social media to find people who needed to be rescued and asked people to reach out to him if they need help.
Florence has killed at least 33 people since coming ashore as a hurricane on Friday, including 26 in North Carolina and six in SC. Roads were being cleared and the landfill was open to accept storm refuse.
Forecasters with the NWS expect Florence to move northeastward Monday and east across the southern part of New England on Tuesday.
More than 347,000 customers, mostly in the Carolinas, were without power on Tuesday morning, according to power companies, down from a peak of almost 1 million outages.