The slow-moving storm made landfall last Friday as a Category 1 hurricane.
"People in flood prone areas or near waterways need to remain alert as rivers crest and stay above their banks in coming days", Cooper said.
"Understand: There is a lot of water inland, and it is continuing to make its way downstream", county manager (in Wilmington, N.C.) Chris Coudreit said, according to the AP.
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He says first responders "continue to show unflinching courage in the face of danger".
Flooding could begin early next week, officials said during a community meeting on Thursday.
The flood has been giving so much warning to Horry County, South Carolina, that officials published a detailed map of places that flooded in 2016 and warned those same places were going underwater again.
McMaster also says while the sun is shining and the rain is over, the worst is still to come.
The Little Pee Dee River and the Lumber River have started to drop near Nichols, where the whole town of 360 was under water for the second time in two years.
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State-owned utility Santee Cooper in SC is placing an inflatable dam around a coal ash pond near Conway, saying the extra 2.5 feet should be enough to keep floodwaters out.
"If that road is in an area where it is a flood risk, and waters were rising, why were they driving on that road anyway?" said Bamberg, a state lawmaker.
Highway patrol corporal Sonny Collins said the pickup ran off state highway 57, crashed and ended up in the water.
Florence is blamed for at least 37 deaths, including those of two women who drowned when a sheriff's van taking them to a mental health facility was swept off a road. Well over half the dead were killed were in vehicles.
It's an odd form of good news that the manure lagoons present throughout North Carolina have overflowed extensively into local water systems, with more to come, as a result of Hurricane Florence.
In some areas, it will by days or weeks before the floodwaters fully recede and the landscape returns to normal. They were met by silty mud on walls and floors, blown out windows and awful odors.
McMaster estimates the storm recovery will cost about $1.2 billion, according to the letter he sent to the state's congressional delegation.