At least 27 of the deaths happened in North Carolina.
A new round of evacuations was ordered in South Carolina Friday as the trillions of gallons of water dumped by Hurricane Florence meanders to the sea, raising river levels and threatening more destruction.
Cooper warned that the flooding is far from over and will get worse in places.
Kevin Tovornik was scrambling to prepare for flooding in Conway, South Carolina.
A auto sits in a flooded parking lot at an apartment complex near the Cape Fear River as it continues to rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Fayetteville, Sept. 18, 2018.
On September 10, 2018, the National Hurricane Center warned the residents of Virginia and North and SC that the fast approaching tropical storm Florence was gaining strength and could make landfall as a Category 5 hurricane.
Kinston Police in North Carolina also posted a video on Facebook showing clumps of fire ants in flood waters, warning residents to stay safe.
The governor praised the work of the first responders, saying they have evacuated people from rising floodwaters and "continue to show unflinching courage in the face of danger".
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He said certain areas of Interstates 95 and 40 are still underwater.
Cooper's statement said that in the past week, first responders and emergency teams have conducted almost 5,000 rescues in storm-ravaged areas.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster estimated his state has already suffered $1.2 billion in damage.
Florence, which barreled into the Carolinas last week as a Category 1 storm and has since been downgraded to a tropical depression as it turned toward the northeast, has claimed at least 37 lives. McMaster asked congressional leaders to hurry federal aid. Some areas are still on on high alert due to the ongoing threat of flooding as rivers and lakes crest.
Unsafe flooding and evacuations may begin early next week, officials said.
In South Carolina, the flooding has damaged cotton, peanut and hemp crops. North Carolina is one of the leading hog-producing states in the country. Well over half of those killed were in vehicles. Aside from the Duke Energy breach, 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 (76 centimeters) should be enough to keep floodwaters out.
The risk of environmental damage mounted, as human and animal waste was washed into the swirling floodwaters.