- Two more deaths have been confirmed in North Carolina due to Florence.
The Piedmont Triad has been on high alert since Hurricane Florence made landfall on the North Carolina coast Friday morning.
Firefighters pray at an operation to remove a tree that fell on a house injuring resident during Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina on September 14, 2018.
According to a study in June, hurricanes and typhoons, on average, appear to be slowing down in part because of human-caused climate change.
Rescue workers in North Carolina meanwhile were scrambling to save people stranded in their homes.
In the town of New Bern, 30,000 residents stayed behind in spite of mandatory evacuation orders.
In New Bern, where rescuers removed more than 100 people from rising waters, Sarah Risty-Davis is one of the residents who made a decision to ignore a mandatory evacuation order issued three days ago.
"Currently ~150 awaiting rescue in New Bern", City Hall said on Twitter.
NBC News is reporting five deaths as a result of the storm.
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In its 1200 GMT advisory, the centre said Florence was packing winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph) and moving northwest at six miles per hour (10 kilometres per hour).
In addition, the threat of storm surges looms for areas in the path of the storm, meaning life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland is possible. The sheriff said all three victims were in cars that were swept away.
Hurricane Hunter aircraft measured Florence's sustained winds at 75 miles per hour, keeping the storm as a very weak Category 1 hurricane as of 1 p.m.
North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons, enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches (25 centimeters).
Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous agreed, telling ABC News' David Muir, "I see a biblical proportion flood event that's going to occur". An estimated 1.5 million people live in the areas now under mandatory evacuation orders by state authorities.
Myrtle Beach, a SC beach resort, was deserted with empty streets, boarded up storefronts and very little traffic.
Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms.
North Carolina Army National Guard soldiers were sent to a home along the 100 block of El Nora Lane in Otway, North Carolina, on Friday in reference to two deaths there.