First Hurricane Florence deaths: mother, infant killed by tree

Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated but there have been no reports of damage and injuries so far.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper had said that "several more days of rain" were expected, describing the amount of rainfall from the hurricane as a "1,000-year event".

"Our roads are flooded", he said.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has not yet lifted the evacuation order he put in place Tuesday, and it is not clear when the order will be lifted. The storm was expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said.

Airlines cancelled more than 2,100 flights through Sunday.

In Hampstead, North Carolina, emergency responders going to a call for cardiac arrest found their path blocked by downed trees.

Another two people died in the city of Kinston, said Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Roger Dail. We got thrown into mailboxes. "It'll be ugly, but we'll get through it", Long told NBC's "Meet The Press". Law enforcement officials are enforcing curfews. As the storm "begins to finally recede, they will kick into an even higher gear".

The surge is also likely along portions of the SC coast.

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The White House said President Donald Trump was to visit hurricane-hit areas next week "once it is determined his travel will not disrupt any rescue or recovery efforts". He spent more than $500 on cereal, eggs, soft drinks and other necessities, plus beer.

He said he did not know the family well but that the couple had multiple young children. Nearby, a Waffle House restaurant limited breakfast customers to one biscuit and one drink, all take-out, with the price of $2 per item.

But the water never quite made it to his home.

"I'm not going to waste my time".

The storm has already had an impact on scores of residents, Cooper said.

The downtown area, at the confluence of two rivers, is mostly underwater.

The industrial-scale farms contain vast pits of animal feces and urine that can pose a significant pollution threat if they are breached or inundated by floodwaters.

The hurricane was also deadly, killing five people.

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The storm will dump rain in the Carolinas through the weekend, overwhelming rivers and setting up days of flooding, before reaching the Ohio Valley. It caused most of the 1,200 deaths in Hurricane Katrina in 2005. His mom remembers Hurricane Hazel, when the water did not rise as high as his fifth step, where it was Thursday night.

A fallen tree lies atop the crushed roof of a fast food restaurant after the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S., September 14, 2018.

That kind of scenario is likely to repeat itself all over communities in Eastern North Carolina, as swollen rivers flood towns and the pouring rain adds to the misery. Another 30 sites in North and Carolina had at least 10 inches. "If you aren't watching for them, you are risking your life". He urged residents to stay inside and not get in the way of emergency workers.

Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and restoration could take weeks.

Its top sustained winds have dropped to 70 miles per hour (110 kph), and it's at a near standstill, moving west at just 3 miles per hour (6 kph).

Tropical Storm Florence is 15 miles away from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Just a few minutes before the now-Category 1 storm made landfall, cameras on board the International Space Station managed to catch the mesmerising footage below.

It already had, in Beaufort County and its capital city, Washington, where 300 people were rescued from flooded homes.

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It came as rivers swelled, tides crested and the rain wouldn't stop. Sheehan said that estimate could be revised.

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