Duke Energy Corp, the biggest utility in the Carolinas with over 4 million customers, said it had restored power to more than 1.7 million of its almost 1.8 million customers affected by the storm.
About 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs were killed after water inundated farms in the flood zones.
With the crisis slowly moving to SC, emergency managers ordered about 500 people to flee homes along the Lynches River.
More lagoons were at risk of overflowing in the days ahead, state data showed, including 30 that are filled to the brim with waste and water, and another 25 with zero to three inches of space to spare.
"I know it was hard to leave home and it's even harder to wait and wonder whether you even have a home to go back to, but please for your safety and the effectiveness of our emergency operations do not try to return home yet", announced Governor Cooper.More news: Liverpool hit 57-year high with dramatic slaying of PSG
The trillions of gallons of water dumped by Hurricane Florence continue to slowly meander their way to the sea, leaving billions of dollars of damage in their wake.
Trenton, N.C., before and after the historic rains and flooding from Hurricane Florence. The administration also is working with congressional leaders on the federal disaster assistance request, Cooper's office said in a statement. "God bless you. We will never forget your loss", he said. "First of all, I think we're all just thankful it wasn't the monster that it was forecast as earlier in the week", he said.
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.
Florence is blamed for at least 42 deaths in the Carolinas and Virginia, including that of an 81-year-old whose body was found in a submerged pickup truck in SC.More news: GOP Sen. Kennedy: Kavanaugh Accuser, Attorney 'Keep Moving the Goalposts' on Testimony
President Donald Trump is scheduled to get an update on storm-damaged areas of North Carolina on Wednesday at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper told CNN Wednesday, "We are a state that is hurting", adding that people are "stunned at the breadth of damage that has been done". Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, and South Carolina Sens.
North Carolina's hog and other concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, produce nearly 10 billion gallons of fecal waste a year, according to the Environmental Working Group and Waterkeeper Alliance. They also warned people to not get caught off guard as rivers that briefly receded were periodically rising back.
More than a thousand other roads from major highways to neighborhood lanes are closed in the Carolinas, officials said.
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Brandon Echavarrieta struggled to stay composed as he described life post-Florence: no power for days, rotted meat in the freezer, no water or food and just one bath in a week.