Florence is moving slowly across eastern SC, and according to the National Hurricane Center is producing "catastrophic flooding over North and SC".
Although Brunswick County is under mandatory evacuation, Ingram said some people chose to stay in their homes.
With close to 90 of the state's 100 counties setting up their emergency management offices for this storm, all signs point to an even longer recovery from Florence.
Florence had been a Category 3 hurricane with 120-mph winds on Thursday, but dropped to Category 1 before coming ashore.
Picture of Hurricane Florence taken by astronaut Ricky Arnold from the International Space Station. "There is probably not a county or a person that will not be affected in some way by this very massive and violent storm".
It's the first death believed to have been caused by Florence in SC. Rains have been relentless, and Florence continues to dump a "catastrophic" amount of water in its path.
In some places, the rain finally stopped, and the sun peeked through, but North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned that dangerously high water would persist for days.
Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon said Saturday that authorities were still assembling an alternate route for a 5-mile section of I-40 that is closed in both directions near the town of Warsaw, about 70 miles (115 kilometers) southeast of Raleigh.
More than 1,000 houses were impacted in Cagayan province, where the storm first made landfall, with authorities in the town of Baggao saying they had lost with an emergency response team, said Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. The storm is expected to turn west and then north moving through the Carolinas and the Ohio Valley by Monday, the NHC said early on Saturday.
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In Lenoir County, a 78-year-old man was electrocuted attempting to connect extension cords, and another died when he was blown away by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs. In Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris.
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio wrote on Twitter that "even tragedy becomes political" in the current environment and he backed the finding that almost 3,000 people died.
Earlier Saturday, officials in North Carolina's Carteret County said two other people were dead as a result of the storm.
Hurricane Florence slowed dramatically as it approached shallower waters along the coast, dropping from a Category 4 hurricane with 130 miles per hour (209 km/h) winds on Wednesday (Sept. 12) to a Category 2 Thursday. "Be extremely careful and stay alert".
The death toll from Florence rose to at least 21, and crews elsewhere used helicopters and boats to rescue people trapped by still-rising rivers.
The storm has already killed five people and battered homes along the Carolina coast.
Householders were stranded in their cars, attics and on rooftops. A husband and wife died in a house fire linked to the storm, officials said, and an 81-year-old man died after falling and hitting his head while packing to evacuate.
Videos posted to social media show water gushing through the streets and carrying debris as winds cause trees to rip from their roots. The city remained without power on Friday night.
Already, the event has already broken North Carolina's state record for most rain in a tropical storm or hurricane, with a preliminary report over 30 inches.