Firefighters and rescue crews in Wilmington, North Carolina stopped to pray outside the house where a fallen tree killed a mother and her 8-month-old baby. The child's father was taken to a hospital.
The White House says President Donald Trump has issued a disaster declaration for North Carolina and that will make federal money available to people in the counties of Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico and Pender.
Members of the North Carolina National Guard finish stacking sand bags under a highway overpass near the Lumber River which is expected to flood from Hurricane Florence's rain in Lumberton, North Carolina, on September 14, 2018.
As it moves near OH and West Virginia, it will become a remnant low.
More than 60 people had to be pulled from a collapsing cinderblock motel at the height of the storm.
By Friday night the center of the storm had moved to eastern SC, about 15 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.
Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 storm and flooding from the heavy rain is forcing hundreds of people to call for emergency rescues in the area around New Bern, North Carolina, which sits at the confluence of the Nuese and Trent rivers. As of Friday morning, Atlantic Beach, a town on the state's Outer Banks barrier islands, already had received 30 inches (76 cm) of rain, the U.S. Geological Service said.
WXII-TV reports the city of New Bern said Friday that two out-of-state FEMA teams were working on swift-water rescues and more teams were on the way. Calls for help kept coming in as the wind picked up and the tide arrived, said city public information officer Colleen Roberts.
"This storm is going to continue its violent grind across our state for days", Cooper said. "These are folks who are maybe in one-story buildings and they're seeing the floodwaters rise".
"Stay in place. People are still being rescued in coastal North Carolina". Jennifer Morales, 20, said there was 3 feet of water in her home.
"I about jumped out of my skin", he said in a phone interview Friday morning.
"The worst of the storm is over", Wright tells TIME.
It is expected to move across parts of south-eastern 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. Gradual weakening was expected Friday night, the hurricane center said. Duke Energy provides power to 4 million people across the Carolinas. He added that there would be no mercy for those who try to steal from others' homes during the storm.
Holt, who has diabetes and clogged arteries, said she stayed for doctor's appointments that were canceled at the last minute. "I'm a little bit scared right now, but I have my iPad and I'm watching Netflix". Rains have been relentless, and Florence continues to dump a "catastrophic" amount of water in its path. In the Philippines, evacuations were under way with Super Typhoon Mangkhut expected to hit on Saturday in an area impacting an estimated 5.2 million people.