During the week of landfall (which in Florence's case began early Friday morning on the North Carolina coast), inflows to the accounts dropped by over 20 percent, or approximately $400 on average.
The states of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland, as well as Washington D.C., declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm.
The mayor said at least 4,200 homes and 300 businesses sustained damage from flooding.
New Bern, the city where Pepsi was invented in a drugstore, was still experiencing winds in the 70 miles per hour range Friday afternoon.
The newsroom of ABC affiliate WCTI12 in New Bern, North Carolina was evacuated while meteorologists were live on air covering Hurricane Florence. Roberts said numerous residents live near the Neuse and Trent rivers. Collins says they have a front loader they're using to clear the roads, but a tree went through the windshield of it.
A fourth person was killed while plugging in a generator in Lenoir County, north of Wilmington, WITN-TV reported.
A 78-year-old man was electrocuted at a residence on Silver Smith Circle Friday morning when he was trying to connect two extension cords outside in the rain. On the forecast track, the centre of the storm is expected to move inland across extreme southeastern North Carolina and extreme eastern South Carolina Friday and Saturday.
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After landfall, Florence slowed to a pace that would see the system likely lingering for days.
Hundreds of thousands of people have evacuated the coast, more than 1500 United States flights have been cancelled, factories were shut and farmers rushed to save crops, poultry and pigs in anticipation of the storm.
Their graphics look like something out of a video game, featuring a reporter in the center of a screen and water towering overhead to show how high the water can get. "We are not going to make it, '" Cherry said. He said that only 300 of the city's 22,000 residents have power as of Friday afternoon, as the hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm.
Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and that restoring it could take weeks.
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. Significant weakening is expected over the weekend.
Only one storm scared them enough to leave the island. The town of Oriental, North Carolina, got more than 50 centimeters just a few hours into the deluge.