At Least 5 Dead from Hurricane Florence

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"And since we're already on high ground, those two things together kind of help insulate us a little more than, I would say, others", she said.

A Navy statement says the decision comes after inspections of the region's port and airfield.

About 809,000 of those customers are North Carolina, and about 155,000 are in SC.

McMaster had ordered residents in most of the state's coastal counties to evacuate ahead of Florence's arrival.

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.

Firefighters said the area had not been in the zone under evacuation orders.

A sailboat is shoved up against a house and a collapsed garage September 15, 2018, after heavy wind and rain from Florence, now a tropical storm, blew through New Bern, North Carolina.

Florence made landfall 10 miles east of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, on Friday morning as a Category 1 hurricane with 90 mph winds.

4 a.m.: WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said that Tropical Storm Florence is continuing to move southwest at 5 miles per hour and has sustained winds of 60 miles per hour.

All North Carolina state parks are already closed or will close today and will remain closed through Sunday.

The Florence center is crawling inland over SC, but its main rain bands are hitting already-saturated North Carolina - setting up what may be days of flooding for some communities.

The hurricane center predicts as much as 101 centimeters (40 inches) of rain for some parts of North Carolina. Officials said flood waters from other areas are accumulating north of the county and filling the river basins beyond their capacities. That is roughly double the rainfall from Hurricane Matthew in 2016, he said.

WILMINGTON, United States: Tropical storm Florence caused "catastrophic" flooding in the Carolinas Saturday even as it began to weaken, leaving multiple deaths, including a woman and her baby killed when a tree fell on their house.

"Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-priced loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programmes to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster", FEMA said in a statement.

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Money also is available to the state, some local governments, and some private nonprofit groups on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in those counties.

Several more days of rain are expected as Florence, now a tropical storm, hovers over the Carolinas.

The National Hurricane Center downgraded it to a tropical storm on Friday afternoon, but warned it would dump as much as 30 to 40 inches of rain on the southeastern coast of North Carolina and into the northeastern coast of SC in spots.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour as of 5 a.m., the briefing said.

It's moving very slowly, at about 2mph (3.2km/h).

Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Those conditions were expected to worsen significantly.

The Carteret Country Sheriff's Department confirmed that these two deaths initially reported as a result of Florence were a result of an apparent murder-suicide.

Officials in SC reported the state's first fatality due to Florence on Saturday.

Any returning evacuees have been warned that flooding may last in the eastern Carolinas into next week, inclusive of flooding across roadways and into homes.

A pet dog licked Johan Mackie's face after he helped rescue Kevin Knox's family from their flooded brick home. The storm is some 400 miles (645 kilometers) wide. Gigi Charlebois, owner of the Edenton Coffee House on the northern shore of North Carolina's Albemarle Sound, made a decision to stay with her family overnight in the shop's dining room, sleeping on couches, pull-out cots and a mattress. The Cajun Navy, a Louisiana-based group of private boat owners whose role proved pivotal in Texas during Hurricane Harvey, had rescued more than 150 people by Friday alone.

Governor Cooper advised North Carolina residents inland that rivers will rise days after the rain has stopped. With Florence, "we're looking at the same amount of rainfall in three days".

In one incident, a mother and infant were killed when a tree fell on their house in Wilmington.

Myrtle Beach area residents checking the weather Saturday morning were led to believe that local emergency personnel had suspended services due to Tropical Storm Florence, but that was never the case.

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