But forecasters say the worst flooding is yet to come.
"Wherever you live in North Carolina, be alert for sudden flooding", he said of the conditions, which saw widespread power outages over the weekend.
"This is an epic storm that is still continuing", Cooper said. The surging Lumber River engulfed streets and homes and made many roads in the city impassable. Parts of freeways - dotted with rescue boats - have morphed into free-flowing waterways.
But even when the rain lets up, don't be fooled. - Flash flood warning - In Fayetteville, the Cape Fear River was expected to reach major flood stage at 58 feet (17.6 meters) on Monday and hit almost 62 feet (18.9 meters) on Tuesday before receding.
Now, there are fears that the death toll will keep climbing.
Rivers across North Carolina, South Carolina and southern Virginia have been pushed past their limits and hit major flood stages, in which the flooding of buildings and roads require significant evacuations.
The dead include a 1-year-old boy who was swept away after his mother drove into floodwaters and lost her grip on him.
One route into the city was reopened by midday on Monday, officials said. When the sun finally comes out later this week, it's going to take a long time to dry out. Most schools in affected areas remain closed.
President Donald Trump said the aftermath of last year's hurricanes in Puerto Rico has been an "incredible, tough situation" but he added, "we fought, and we are winning that one big".
And supplies such as fuel are in critical need. "They just don't have the apartment inventory".
Those trapped in floodwater could also be without power for days. But the number of actual people without power is far greater, since a single customer can represent an entire family. By 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, it was at 59 feet, higher than it reached during 2016's Hurricane Matthew.
At Fayetteville, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) inland, near the Army's sprawling Fort Bragg, the Cape Fear River had risen about 50 feet (15 meters) toward a crest that was predicted to be more than 25 feet above flood level.
"We're in a floodplain but a hundred-year one", he said as floodwaters lapped at the house's front steps. They are usually bolted to the ground, but the statues' thick pedestals were uprooted and washed away, the city said.
"I just feel comfortable staying. It was too risky to stay", Hammett said.
The City of Greensboro said in a statement Tuesday that about 63,000 gallons (about 240,000 liters) of untreated wastewater flowed from a sanitary sewer main for about four hours on Sunday.
"We're not going to move until this thing's over. Or bury us, or something", he said as floodwater crept upon his porch.
Ned and Anna Marie King chose to stay in their waterfront home facing the Intracoastal on Riverside Drive, which is marked by a "flood zone" sign.
Dams and levees throughout North Carolina are in danger of failing. They placed an order and left without having to get out. "BRING YOUR PETS WITH YOU!" he wrote.
North Carolina's governor is pleading with thousands of Hurricane Florence evacuees to be patient and not return home just yet.
North Carolina officials released the list of deaths and names on September 18, bringing the death toll to 25 in the state.
Flooding has caused several other deaths, including that of a man who drowned attempting to cross a road in Marlboro County, SC, on Monday.
Three more people died in Duplin County, NC, Saturday afternoon due to flash flooding, WECT reported.
- Two people died in a storm-related fire in Cumberland County, North Carolina.
That's less than half of the vacant units in Charleston, South Carolina.
- A woman went into cardiac arrest in Hampstead, in North Carolina's Pender County. Mangkhut weakened from a typhoon to a tropical storm as it moved deeper into southern China on Monday.
More than a dozen rivers across North Carolina were at major flood stage on Monday or threatening to rise to critical levels.
On Sunday morning, Sunday, Wilmington, N.C., with a heavy assist from Florence, reported receiving 86.79 inches of rain so far this year, breaking a record set in 1877.
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The two were nowhere near as cryptic when they announced their engagement back in July less than one month after rekindling. Hailey was amongst the gathered group of fans, and could be seen proudly filming her beau in the sidelines.
He was removed from New England's injury report Friday after being limited in Wednesday's practice because of an ankle injury. This marks the second consecutive year that the Patriots have added incentives to Gronkowski's contract.
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