Here's video of New Bern, North Carolina where hundreds of people were trapped in flood waters. Now now not lower than 68 people died as a scream result of Storm Harvey, in step with the Nationwide Storm Center.
Florence flattened trees, crumbled roads and knocked out power to three-quarters of a million homes and businesses, and the assault wasn't anywhere close to being over.
Almost 9,00,000 homes and businesses were without power in the Carolinas early on Friday, utility officials said.
The hurricane was "wreaking havoc" and could wipe out entire communities as it makes its "violent grind across our state for days", the governor said.
"Our hearts go out to the families of those who died in this storm", Cooper said in a statement.
"It can not be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard associated with slow-moving Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland through the weekend", the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory at 5 a.m. Friday.
A mother and infant were killed in Wilmington, N.C. after a tree fell on a house there while the Category 1 hurricane throttled the eastern North Carolina coastline Friday morning. All three people were in separate vehicles and died on Saturday, the Sheriff's Office said.
Shaken after seeing waves crashing in the Neuse River just outside his house in the town of New Bern, hurricane veteran Tom Ballance wished he had evacuated. "I couldn't even imagine", he said.
Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it was unclear how many did.
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Florence's winds weakened to tropical storm strength Friday afternoon, but its torrential rain and storm surge remain life-threatening. But it was clear that this was really about the water, not the wind.
In Wilmington, the storm tore down numerous trees when its center tore through the area Friday morning.
For people living inland in the Carolinas, the moment of maximum peril from flash flooding could arrive days later, because it takes time for rainwater to drain into rivers and for those streams to crest.
There are 62 industrial hog farms within North Carolina's 100-year floodplain, environmentalists estimate, and Duke Energy Corp has four coal ash sites in the coastal area touched by Florence.
Climate scientist Michael Mann said that Florence is "a climatologically-amplified triple threat". North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, had around 7 inches (18 centimeters). Mackie rode in a boat through a flooded neighborhood, navigating through trees and past a fencepost to reach the Knox house.
A wind gust at the Wilmington airport was clocked at 105 miles per hour (nearly 170 kph), the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958. His mom remembers Hurricane Hazel, when the water did not rise as high as his fifth step, where it was Thursday night.
Joy Maluyo, field and emergency communications officer at World Vision Philippines, told CTV News Channel on Friday that her family and colleagues there were already experiencing heavy rains and strong winds. "I said, no I got to go". "We are stuck in the attic". According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, a pick-up truck drove into standing water on the road and lost control, overturning into a ditch. She said that count is expected to increase significantly.
New Bern spokeswoman Colleen Roberts said 455 people in all were rescued in the town of 30,000 residents without any serious injuries or deaths.