"Please don't make yourself someone who needs to be rescued", he said. Some 10,000 people remain in shelters.
The gridlock is part of the lingering effects of Hurricane Florence, which made landfall last Friday.
Florence County emergency management officials issued a second order Friday after asking about 500 people near the river to leave earlier in the day. Segments of these roadways still are drenched, and North Carolina Department of Transportation officials are directing freight and passenger traffic to alternate routes, such as interstates 540 and 85 and US routes 64 and 321. They also warn more evacuations are possible as forecasters get a better idea how high the river will get. (Three papers-the East Bay Times, San Jose Mercury News and Orange County Register-ran no stories on Florence.) Aside from the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer (6 out of 32 stories) and Washington Post (4 out of 49) were the only other papers to reference climate change in Florence stories more than three times.
A new round of evacuations was ordered in SC as the trillions of gallons of water dumped by Hurricane Florence meanders to the sea, raising river levels and threatening more destruction. That breaks a rainfall record for tropical cyclones in North Carolina of just over 2 feet (60 centimeters) set by Hurricane Floyd in 1999, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
His dad, Brad Whiteis, told him about Hurricane Florence and explained to Carter the possibility of flooding in the coming days.
He says first responders "continue to show unflinching courage in the face of danger".
Even though Florence was downgraded into a tropical depression, officials say conditions are still unsafe.
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture said Wednesday that the historic flooding from Florence has killed about 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs.
McMaster also says while the sun is shining and the rain is over, the worst is still to come.
Tens of thousands were ordered to evacuate communities along North Carolina's steadily rising rivers.
In Lumberton, where the Lumber River still covered parts of town, water was deep enough that vehicles passing by on streets sent wakes into partially submerged homes, businesses and a church.
Hurricane Florence is still wearing out the Carolinas, where residents have endured a week of violent winds, torrential rain, widespread flooding, power outages and death. According to the National Weather Service, nearly 36 inches (91 centimeters) of rain fell over the city that lies along alongside the Cape Fear River.