"It's truly devastating for me to see the damage that Hurricane Florence is doing to my beloved home state of North Carolina and to the surrounding areas", Jordan, who is the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association, said last week in a statement posted on the team's website announcing its charity work. "The recovery effort will be massive, and it will take a long time to fix the damage and for the families to get back on their feet".
More than 15,000 people remain in shelters and more than 200,000 customers are without power across North Carolina because of Florence, which came ashore as a category 1 hurricane, according to state officials.
Trump, who has been criticized for his handling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico previous year, also thanked first responders for their work since Florence made landfall on Friday and recapped the efforts to get food to residents and restore power.
Mr. Trump is traveling to North Carolina, a state where 343,000 people are still without power after bearing the brunt of the storm's impact.
"This is an epic storm that is still continuing because the rivers are rising in certain parts of our state, some areas have not seen the worst flooding yet, so this is a monumental disaster for our state that affects many of our counties, many of our people".
"We've got a long road ahead.to make sure we build back to where we need to be", Cooper continued.
President Donald Trump, meanwhile, arrived in storm-ravaged North Carolina today.
Many cities and towns in the south-east of the North Carolina remained underwater on Wednesday.
In Wilmington, population 120,000, workers began handing out supplies using a system that resembled a fast-food restaurant drive-thru: Drivers pulled up to pallets lining a street, placed an order and left without having to get out. The area was inundated with rain that caused concern for large-scale flooding in the North Carolina and SC area.
Todd Tremain needed tarps to cover up spots where Florence's winds ripped shingles off his roof.
Others got a case of bottled water or military MREs, or field rations.
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.
Some 3.4 million poultry birds were killed in North Carolina, according to the state Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services.
A vehicle sits in a flooded parking lot at an apartment complex near the Cape Fear River as it continues to rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Fayetteville, Sept. 18, 2018.
Flooding has also impacted areas such as Fayetteville and Kinston, where the Neuse River was still rising.
Supplies have been brought into the city by big military trucks and helicopters, which also were used to pluck hundreds of desperate people from homes and other structures.
The governor said 16 rivers statewide were at major flood stage and more than 1,100 roads were closed.