Conway's city spokesman Taylor Newell said water could be "4 feet higher" there than when Hurricane Matthew struck in 2016.
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.
And he was caught on camera telling a person to whom he had just handed food to "have a good time".
The Miami Herald never mentioned global warming in 21 stories on Hurricane Florence, Public Citizen found-despite being based in one of the United States cities most vulnerable to climate change. Officers were going door-to-door along the river in Brunswick County, North Carolina encouraging residents to evacuate. The National Weather Service said the river could reach record flood levels late Saturday or early Sunday.
McMaster said Friday he hopes United Health Care's generosity inspires other companies across the state to donate to the One SC Fund to help the recovery from Hurricane Florence's floods. "Same levee. Same dams". Two of the first deaths tied to Florence were confirmed in Wilmington, when 41-year-old woman and her 8-month-old baby were killed by a tree falling on their home.
Florence has claimed eight lives in SC thus far, and flooding is expected to worsen later this week and into next. Bridges are starting to close because of flooding, he said, and friends were struck in traffic for hours trying to cross the town of 23,000. "We're at the end of the line of all waters to come down", he said.
Road travel also was a daunting problem in Wilmington, a city of 120,000 people still mostly cut off from the rest of North Carolina.
Officials said they didn't know when evacuees would be able to return home to the city, where officials are distributing food and water, and it may be next week before conditions improve drastically since the Cape Fear River isn't expected to crest at the city until Monday or Tuesday. County spokeswoman Elizabeth Stalls says there have been at least 150 rescues, but there have been many more "to the point where we've lost count".
Along the Cape Fear River, David and Benetta White and their four children were given short notice to evacuate overnight as floodwaters swept over their property. "God bless you", he said during a briefing at a marine base in Havelock, North Carolina.
Meantime, swine losses in North Carolina are estimated at 5,500, state veterinarian Dr. Doug Meckes said. In a letter, he said, the flooding will be the worst disaster in the state's modern history. McMaster asked congressional leaders to hurry federal aid.
Tropical Storm Florence, which made landfall as a hurricane before being downgraded, battered the Carolinas for days, claimed dozens of lives and sent rivers to record or near record flood levels. But the state said in a Tweet late Wednesday: "No safe, stable and reliable route now exists for the public to get to and from Wilmington".