In the town of Trenton, North Carolina, the Trent River surpassed its flooding record of 28.42 feet, also set during Hurricane Floyd. Click through to see Florence's devastation from above.
Typhoon Mangkhut formed farther south in the western Pacific where water is warmer, which gave the typhoon the "perfect environment to intensify".
A deluge from the remnants of Hurricane Florence has flooded parts of New Hampshire, forcing firefighters to rescue several people.
Experts say that both are "storms of the same type", but those that occur in the Pacific west of the International Date Line are called typhoons instead of hurricanes.
"This is an epic storm that is still continuing", Cooper told a news conference.
The death toll from Florence, which came ashore in North Carolina on Friday, rose to 31 on Monday. Officials warned residents to avoid driving around barricades.
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.
Flash floods, landslide warnings and "prolonged significant river flooding" throughout the region will continue for the next few days, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.
Officials on Tuesday raised the death toll from the previously reported 20 deaths to 32, according to CBS News, with 25 of those deaths resulting from the storm's devastation in North Carolina, six in SC, and one in Virginia.
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The storm dumped more than 8 trillion gallons (30 trillion liters) of rain on North Carolina, the weather service said.
Florence has been downgraded to a tropical depression but continues to pour heavy rain along the East Coast, the National Weather Service reported Monday. "Please don't make yourself someone who needs to be rescued", he said even as rains stopped in several places after Florence moved on and the tired residents got a brief glimpse of sunshine on Monday. Winds reach 90 miles per hour, and some cities received over 25 inches of rain.
"Road conditions are still changing", the North Carolina Department of Transportation wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.
"We will do whatever it takes to keep the American people safe, " Trump said. "What's open now may become impassable".
The Lumber River overflows onto a stretch Interstate 95 in Lumberton, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, following flooding from Hurricane Florence.
He added that "this storm has never been more unsafe than it is right now" in some parts of North Carolina.
More than 347,000 customers, mostly in the Carolinas, were without power on Tuesday morning, according to power companies, down from a peak of almost 1 million outages.
Gasoline shortages were a problem. "It's been days since the storm".