Tracking Hurricane Florence as storm lands in North Carolina

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When they got to the home, the woman was deceased, Chad McEwen, assistant county manager for Pender County, said. The southeast part of the state is expected to get more than twice that amount in the days ahead, said Bryce Link, a meteorologist at DTN Marine Weather, a forecasting service. A 78-year-old man was electrocuted while trying to connect extension cords in the rain while another man died when he was knocked down by high winds while checking on his dogs.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said the hurricane was likely to "continue its violent grind for days" and described the severity of the downfalls as a "1,000 year event".

A day after blowing ashore with 90 miles per hour (145 kph) winds, Florence practically parked itself over land all day long and poured on the rain.

Storm surges, punishing winds and rain are turning some towns into rushing rivers - and the Category 1 hurricane is expected to crawl over parts of the Carolinas into the weekend, pounding some of the same areas over and over.

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).

In New Bern, North Carolina, the storm surge "overwhelmed" the town, located at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers, Cooper said. Wilmington Deputy Fire Chief Steve Mason said the victims died at the scene. "These are folks who are maybe in one-story buildings and they're seeing the floodwaters rise". Several hundred people salvage been evacuated from the mumble so some distance, officials dispute.Tom Balance, who owns a seafood restaurant in New Bern, became as soon as rescued by six sheriff's officers Friday morning."I accept as true with cherish the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", he urged the Linked Press.Florence stalled over North Carolina on Friday afternoon, when it became as soon as clocked inviting at factual 5 km/h.

Rain ranging from one to three and a half feet has already fallen, and it's not over.

"As a state, we have put our head in the sand", Representative Pricey Harrison said.

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He said he didn't know the family well but that the couple had multiple young children.

Forecasters warned that drenching rains of anywhere from 1 to 3½ feet as the storm crawls westward across North and SC could trigger epic flooding well inland over the next few days.

According to reports - Category 1 hurricane - after coming ashore in North Carolina - downgraded Florence to a tropical storm on Friday afternoon and trudged into SC later in the night. He made a plan B: If the water reached the house, he'd take the pets upstairs to the second floor.

Atlantic Beach, located on the state's Outer Banks barrier islands, had received 30 inches (76 cm) of rain, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Trump, who plans a visit to the region next week, tweeted his "deepest sympathies and warmth" to the families and friends of those who had lost their lives.

North Carolina Emergency Management advised residents Friday morning that "If your power goes out, do NOT operate gas powered generators or charcoal grills in or near your home".

Nearly 800,000 people are reported to be without power already in North Carolina, and officials have warned restoring electricity could take days or even weeks. Hurricane-force winds were extending out up to 80 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extended up to 195 miles, the center said.

Not everyone was taking Florence too seriously: About two dozen locals gathered Thursday night behind the boarded-up windows of The Barbary Coast bar as Florence blew into Wilmington.

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