They still didn't know if their home was ruined.
"Just like you, we have questions we want answered". Both became major hurricanes over the central Atlantic hundreds of miles north of the Caribbean, and both weakened as they neared the Carolina coast.
"HSUS is heartbroken by the reports of the catastrophic numbers of farmed animal deaths resulting from the flooding related to Hurricane Florence", the organization told EcoWatch via email, adding that the animals "needlessly lost their lives".
But the aftermath of Florence's deluge is so vicious, rivers and waterways are rising fast across the Carolinas, burying communities and roads, and preventing evacuees from going back home.
The closure affected all lanes of the Interstate at mile marker 175 - just northeast of Florence, S.C. There is no timetable for the road to be reopened.
Flooding from the Cape Fear River caused breaches in a dam at a cooling lake at Duke Energy's LV Sutton Plant in Wilmington, North Carolina, prompting the company to shut down the natural gas plant Friday, Duke Energy said in a statement. "While a few rivers on the Carolinas' coastal plain reached their peak levels and began declining Monday, other rivers are still rising on the Carolinas' coastal plain, and some may not peak until next week".
Almost 19 inches (48 centimeters) of rain fell over the city of Kinston, which was flooded by Neuse River waters rising to over 20 feet (6 meters).
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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said the damage in his state is in the billions of dollars, but there was no way to make a more accurate estimate while flooding continues.
Trump was apparently talking to an older man whose home had been damaged after a large yacht had washed ashore and was shipwrecked against the wooden deck of his porch.
Florence has claimed eight lives in SC thus far, and flooding is expected to worsen later this week and into next.
On Tuesday, a sheriff's van in Horry County, S.C., was swept away, killing two of its passengers on their way to receive mental health treatment. 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.
Some 650 roads remained closed, the state's department of transportation said, warning motorists not to travel in 17 southeastern counties worst-hit by Florence. Farmer Craig West said the leaves are about as appealing and saleable as a bunch of bruised bananas, but they can't be harvested anyway because the fields are too soggy after the storm. By Tuesday, it had topped 60 feet - and it still hasn't crested. Tovornik said Friday he was trying to get back to the house to tear out the carpet so it would not sit wet on his subfloor for days or weeks.
"When outlets fail to connect these events to global warming, audiences are left uninformed about some of the most critical decisions we face", David Arkush, who directs Public Citizen's climate program, said in a statement.
The Cape Fear River was expected to crest at 61.5 feet (19 meters), quadrupling its normal height, on Wednesday 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.