"There are no roads ... that are leading into Wilmington that are passable because of the flooding that is taking place now inland", Saffo said.
As of Monday evening, a number of roads in Craven County were also closed in section where flooding impacted the area, including Maple Cypress Road, Streets Ferry Road, Piney Neck Road, River Road near State Camp Road, Sand Hill Road near Dover.
"It's a wait-and-see game", he said on Sunday morning.
The National Weather Service said there was an "elevated risk for landslides" in North Carolina. It has seen more than 86 inches of rain this year; the average to date is about 43 inches. In his path lay almost 2,000 factory farm cesspools loaded with hundreds of millions of gallons of toxic fecal waste, wastewater treatment plants, factories and communities, many of which were in the flood plain.
"BREAKING. We've observed a one-minute period of sunshine at the NWS Raleigh office", the NWS said on Twitter.
And a wave of solidarity rippled through hard-hit New Bern, where hundreds of people lined up as a local supermarket distributed fried chicken and hamburgers.
As the Navy's fleet of ships returns to Naval Station Norfolk after being sortied ahead of Hurricane Florence, two more ships will remain on standby for storm recovery assistance.
Emergency workers delivered truckloads of food and water to the coastal city of Wilmington, which remains largely cut off from the rest of North Carolina with just one major accessible route.
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Officials from the Union County Sheriff's office believe Kaiden's mother drove around barricades and into water flowing over a roadway on Sunday, according to WSOC-TV.
"We've probably got 15,000 gallons of water".
By 5 a.m. Monday, Florence's winds were about 30 mph (45 kph), the NWS said, with weakening forecast over the next 24 hours before intensifying again.
North Carolina's elections officials are assessing the possible effects of Hurricane Florence on county boards and the 2018 vote.
About 17,000 customers were without service in SC, mostly in northeastern SC near the North Carolina state line.
Officials are planning to airlift food and water to Wilmington after the city of almost 120,000 people became cut off from the rest of North Carolina by rising flood water from Florence.
We invite you to share condolences for the Hurricane Florence victims in our Guest Book. Radar showed parts of the sprawling storm over six states, with North and SC in the bull's-eye.
All donations will go directly to those affected by the storm. State officials also were monitoring the ongoing threat from the breach of a Duke Energy coal ash landfill near Wilmington.