The storm moved slowly through the weekend and flooding threats were growing as rivers continued to rise throughout the storm's footprint. Total rainfall of up to 40 inches was expected in some areas, according to various reports.
In New Bern, rescuers by mid-morning Friday had plucked more than 200 people from rising waters, but about 150 more had to wait as conditions worsened and a storm surge reached 10 feet, officials told CNN.
It was unclear how many dealerships suffered damage. Several dealership websites were offline as of Friday afternoon.
Further south, in Charleston, S.C., Fred Anderson Toyota on Friday was open for business, with employees coming in on a voluntary basis.
"We're just going to try to get the week started, basically," said Dennis Quinn, the store's sales manager. "We're so behind, we probably could've opened the last couple days, but with that threat we're just kind of playing it by ear."
Quinn said the dealership will probably be closed again Saturday as outer bands of the storm pass through. "But other than that we're not too alarmed," he said.