A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Holt, who has diabetes and clogged arteries, said she stayed for doctor's appointments that were canceled at the last minute.
A 78-year-old man in Kinston, North Carolina, was electrocuted when he tried to connect two extension cords outside in the rain, according to Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Roger Dail.
"We moved all the furniture up in case the water comes in but the water seems to be staying at the edge of the driveway", he said, adding that if the wind picks up and the rain keeps coming, that could change.
The storm's death toll climbed to 15 when a pickup truck ran off Interstate 20 in SC and struck an overpass support, killing the driver.
Power outages are widespread, affecting over 740,000 homes and businesses in North Carolina and 163,000 in SC.
The president may travel to the region next week, the White House says.
"Great job FEMA, First Responders and Law Enforcement - not easy, very risky, tremendous talent".
In Pender County, a woman had a medical emergency in Hampstead and passed away early Friday morning, according to the county's Emergency Management.
At 8 a.m. EDT, the Miami-based hurricane center said rainfall will continue to produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding.
Met Éireann warns of gales and flooding as Tropical Storm Helene approaches
Storm Helene will travel up the West Coast on Monday and Tuesday, hitting Wales and travelling through parts of the North West. It should remain unsettled for several days with outbreaks of rain punctured by sunny spells and showers.
Over 895,000 without power as Florence batters Carolinas
The storm caused chaos in the region, with trees strewn across roads, buildings battered and power cut to nearly 700,000 homes. Power outages from Florence, which was downgraded to a tropical storm early Friday evening, have topped 700,000 customers.
Ravens loss to Bengals on TNF is completely embarrassing
During their divisional showdown with the Ravens , Billy Price suffered a sprained ankle and was forced to leave the game. Flacco threw three touchdown passes, one to each of the newcomers: John Brown , Michael Crabtree and Willie Snead .
Kevin Knox and his family were rescued from their flooded brick home with the help of Army Sgt. Johan Mackie, whose team used a phone app to locate people in distress.
Besides federal and state emergency crews, rescuers were being helped by volunteers from the "Cajun Navy" who also turned up in Houston during Hurricane Harvey to carry out water rescues. Another 30 sites in North and Carolina had at least 10 inches.
Though Florence's shrieking winds diminished from hurricane force as it came ashore, forecasters said the sheer size of the 350-mile-wide storm and its painfully slow progress across North and SC in the coming days could leave much of the region under water.
"This is not the end of it", said Jeff Byard, associate administrator for response and recovery at FEMA.
Though the once-devastating storm had weakened significantly as it moved inland, reports of damage in Lexington County included a tree falling onto a West Columbia home Saturday morning.
Reporting live from Wilmington, North Carolina, Seidel said: "This is about as nasty as it's been..."
Downed trees reportedly blocked several roads in Richland and Lexington counties Saturday morning, including on Heathwood Circle in Columbia and Hayride Road in Gilbert. In the port city of Wilmington, residents awoke to the sound of power transformers blowing up, plunging homes into darkness as Hurricane Florence's howling winds whipped through the streets sending metal signs, water and debris flying.
"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the tweet said. "But there are a lot of big trees around so we preferred to spend the night at a friend's to be sure".
Some tortoises clock in at less than 1 miles per hour on land, but they all move much faster in water, so they'd have no trouble outpacing the slow-moving storm through the flooded sections of the two states.
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