US President Donald Trump has declared a disaster in North Carolina where a tropical storm has killed five amid warnings the worst is far from over.
The 18th century town, with a population of 30,000, has been badly flooded, with 4,200 homes damaged.
The hurricane centre also said the threat of tornadoes was increasing as the storm neared the shore. But it was clear that this was really about the water, not the wind.
Heavy rains and storm surge created destructive flooding of several feet throughout the Carolina coast. Officials said at least 150 people were "awaiting rescue" early Friday morning as the unsafe. He said "if those shelters fill up, we will establish more shelters".
Storm surges - the bulge of ocean water pushed ashore by the hurricane - were as high as 10 feet, backing up onto rivers already swollen by almost two feet of rain.
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Evacuation zones in Horry and Georgetown counties remain under the order. Another woman died of a heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris.
The body of a 77-year-old man, also in Kinston, was found by his family at his home, and it is believed he died when he was blown down after going outside to check on his hunting dogs, Dail said.
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The Federal Emergency Management Authority said motorists should not attempt to drive through floodwaters.
The military announced Saturday it was deploying almost 200 soldiers to assist in storm-related response and recovery efforts, along with 100 trucks and equipment.
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The Category 4 storm is expected to make landfall in North Carolina Thursday and may be the costliest hurricane in USA history. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( ICE ) services will not affect the agency's disaster relief efforts.
"The water is rising fast everywhere, even in places that don't typically flood", he said.
Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, after stalking the coastline for days.
South Carolina Department of Transportation head Christy Hall said trees are already down in areas of Horry County and citizens should prepare for flooding.
The area is expected to get about as much rain in three days as Hurricanes Dennis and Floyd dropped in two weeks in 1999.
In Wilmington, near where the eye of the storm touched down, trees and power lines were felled and many windows broken.
In Jacksonville, a relentless band of heavy rain gutted buildings, drenched streets and left wildlife to battle the rising waters.
By Friday morning Florence had already sapped power to almost 450,000 customers in the Carolinas, emergency officials said.
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Storm surge flooding also could push 2 miles or more inland if Florence lingers for days along the coast. So far, it's estimate more than 1.7 million Americans have heeded the warnings about Hurricane Florence.