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 father was transported to NHRMC with injuries".
Annazette Riley-Cromartie said she and her family thought they'd be safe in their brick house in eastern North Carolina.
Gov. Roy Cooper confirmed one of the deaths occurred in Lenoir County, when someone was plugging in a generator, according to a press release. With Florence, it'll be the same amount of rainfall in three days.
Hurricane Florence lumbered ashore in North Carolina with howling 90 miles per hour winds and terrifying storm surge early Friday, ripping apart buildings and knocking out power to a half-million homes and businesses as it settled in for what could be a long and extraordinarily destructive drenching.
"I couldn't even imagine", he said.
The massive system weakened into a tropical storm in the late afternoon but across the region, emergency officials warned that more water was yet to come, with cresting rivers and flash flooding fed by the unending rain.
In its latest 1 pm BST update, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said: "Radar data continue to indicate that the maximum sustained winds remain near 50 miles per hour (80 km/h) with higher gusts in heavy rainbands over water".
According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm will travel through upstate SC, be downgraded to a tropical depression, then turn north toward the Ohio Valley. In addition to the flash flood and flooding threat, landslides are also possible in the higher terrain of the southern and central Appalachians across western North Carolina into southwest Virginia.
The National Hurricane Center says that "catastrophic" freshwater flooding is expected over portions of the Carolinas as Hurricane Florence inches closer to the U.S. East Coast.
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Colleen Roberts, public information officer for the city of about 30,000 residents, told Fox News that 200 people had been rescued so far as the Category 1 storm battered the area with strong winds and a life-threatening surge. "I'm not sure if it's a shift in the wind or low tide - but the water has miraculously disappeared". And others could only hope someone would come for them. "These are folks who are maybe in one-story buildings and they're seeing the floodwaters rise". He urged residents to stay inside and not get in the way of emergency workers.
View of Florence in Wilmington, N.C., on Friday.
"I've been through hurricanes before", he says.
"It's insane", he said in a phone interview.
More than 440,000 homes and businesses were without power in North and SC early on Friday, utility officials said. Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and restoration could take weeks.
On Thursday, Florence was a Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale with 120-mph winds (193 km). 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. Gradual weakening was expected Friday night, the hurricane center said.
Power outages are widespread, affecting over 740,000 homes and businesses in North Carolina and 163,000 in SC.
"It looks like a battlefield out here", he said.
The barrier island of Emerald Isle is under water, with ocean waves rolling in over a six-foot storm surge and crashing into homes. Super Typhoon Mangkhut was expected to hit an area in the Philippines on Saturday that would affect 5.2 million people.