"This is not going to be fixed in a week or two weeks".
There have been seven storm-related deaths since Florence, then a Category-1 hurricane, made landfall Friday morning. But its progress had slowed to a crawl of 2 miles per hour. The governor's office said a man was electrocuted while trying to connect extension leads in the rain.
Her husband went to see if he could assist them but the water was chest high, she said.
"The fact is this storm is deadly and we know we are days away from an ending", Gov Cooper said. "But every neighborhood seems to have been affected". It tore roofs and facades off buildings and toppled trees.
Fisher said the hospital has about 1,800 employees, including medical and support staff, stationed at the hospital during the storm.
"I'm anxious about what I might find when I go home, though", she said.
"It's an emergency situation".
Florence will then turn back towards the eastern US coast, making its way to Pennsylvania by 2 a.m. ET Tuesday.
Forecasters say catastrophic freshwater flooding is expected over parts of North Carolina and SC ahead.
"Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-priced loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programmes to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster", FEMA said in a statement.
Money also is available to the state, some local governments, and some private nonprofit groups on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in those counties.
Of course, reporting in extreme conditions is hard and often necessary to warn the public just how risky natural disasters can be.
The hurricane center said the storm will eventually break up over the southern Appalachians and make a right hook to the northeast, its rainy remnants moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England by the middle of next week.
"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", New Bern city officials said on Twitter.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has been lashed by torrential rains and near-hurricane force winds, CBS News correspondent Don Dahler reported.
"And we're not done yet", Graham said, adding that some hard-hit areas could get an additional 15 to 20 inches because the storm was moving so slowly.
4 a.m.: Twenty-eight roads are closed in New Hanover County due to flooding, and power outages are widespread.
Authorities in North Carolina said almost 814,000 customers were without power. "This rainfall will continue to produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", the advisory said.
A day after Florence blew ashore in North Carolina with 90 miles per hour winds, more than 2ft of rain had fallen in places, with forecasters saying there could be an additional one-and-a-half feet by the end of the weekend.
Government weather satellites captured this image of Hurricane Florence shortly after its landfall September 14, 2018.
At 2 p.m. Saturday, Florence was inching west at 3 mph (6 kph), with its center located about 50 miles (85 kilometers) west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Later Friday, a wind gust of 68 miles per hour was measured at a station in Wrightsville Beach, near Wilmington. He said the gust was the strongest recorded in Wilmington since 1958.
A man sits on a park bench in a flooded park as the Cape Fear River rises above its usual height in Wilmington, N.C., on Friday. Electricity remained out for much of the city, with power lines lying across many roads like wet strands of spaghetti.