The remainder of the deaths have resulted from drownings, electrocutions, carbon monoxide poisoning, and falling trees, such as the deaths of a mother and her infant, who were killed after a tree fell on their North Carolina home.
The American Red Cross is providing food and shelter to thousands of people who have been displaced by the hurricane, while the Foundation For The Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response Fund directs funds to nonprofits in North and SC providing relief to victims of the storm.
"It's frightful", said Mitch Colvin, the mayor of Fayetteville, North Carolina, in the eastern part of the state, where the rising Cape Fear River was expected to swamp bridges and cut his city in two.
"I'm very pleased with where we are but I know we've got a long way to go, because this event's not over", Long said at the news briefing with Cooper, where he was asked no questions about the investigation dogging him in Washington.
The Cape Fear River was also expected to keep rising in Fayetteville, a city of 200,000 in the southern part of the state near the Fort Bragg army base, according to the National Weather Service.
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Roy Cooper and an air crew from flying over Wilmington to assess the damage there, Cooper said in a press conference on Sunday. At least 11 people were killed in North Carolina and six others in SC , including a 3-month baby killed by a falling tree.
As evacuees continue to seek refuge in shelters across the state, Cooper warned people in Pender, New Hanover and Brunswick counties not to return home.
The agency said 13 are overflowing from heavy rainfall and 55 are close to the brim and could overflow if water levels continue rising. Cooper said more counties are likely to be added in coming days.
The governor said 16 rivers statewide were at major flood stage and more than 1,100 roads were closed.
First responders have reported rescuing and evacuating more than 2,200 people and 578 animals.
The town has largely been cut off by flooding from the still-rising Lumber River, which was expected to crest on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump plans to visit North Carolina on Wednesday to see the destruction left behind by Hurricane Florence, as well as the hard relief efforts. North Carolina environmental regulators say several open-air manure pits at hog farms have failed, spilling pollution. But Trump also took a swipe at Democrats, saying they will soon start lying that the storm response has been a "disaster". Authorities in Virginia said a man was killed Tuesday when his pickup truck was caught in a flash flood.