Hurricane Florence: Giant, slow-moving storm causes deluge as it makes landfall

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So far, at least three people have died because of the storm, including a mother and infant who were in a Mercer Avenue house when it was struck by a felled tree.

WILMINGTON, North Carolina-Tropical storm Florence lumbered inland on Saturday, knocking down trees, flooding rivers, and dumping sheets of rain in the Carolinas where five people have died.

The Wilmington Police Department said that the mother and her infant were killed on September 14, when the tree fell on their house; the infant's father was rushed to the hospital with injuries.

More than 400 people had to be rescued from their homes or vehicles and some 20,000 were taking refuge in shelters across North and SC and Virginia.

A reporter for CNN Wilmington affiliate WWAY said firefighters where shaken up by what they encountered at the home.

"This storm is going to continue its violent grind across our state for days", Cooper said.

Atlantic Beach on North Carolina's Outer Banks islands had already received 30 inches of rain, the U.S. Geological Survey said, while more than 25 inches have fallen in the Newport, Morehead City area since Thursday.

Hurricane Florence is continuing on its deadly path, causing widespread flooding and damage despite its downgrading to a tropical storm.

Florence drove almost 1 million people from their homes and almost 700,000 lost power.

By Friday evening, the center of the storm had moved to eastern SC, about 15 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

In Kinston, more than an hour's drive inland from the coast, Lenoir County spokesman Bryan Hanks said a man was electrocuted as he attempted to connect extension cords outside in the rain. "Florence's 18 trillion gallons is as much water as there is in the entire Chesapeake Bay", its article says. Coastal water has risen 5-feet above sea level near Wilmington and 8-feet above sea level near New Bern according to recorders in tide buoys, which you can track here.

The storm caused chaos in the region, with trees strewn across roads, buildings battered and power cut to nearly 700,000 homes.

They added that the onslaught would last for hours because Florence was barely creeping along at 9km an hour and still drawing energy from the ocean.

The flooding soon spread into SC.

Four deaths were confirmed by officials as American media reported another, and the storm has wreaked havoc in the Carolinas, lashing the USA states with torrential rain and causing rivers to burst their banks.

Mike Seidel was shooting a live segment in Wilmington, North Carolina for the Weather Channel.

Tropical storm warnings remain in force close by and inland from the coasts of North Carolina and SC. The unsafe storm surge caused damage and flooding.

"I actually think it is one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about", Trump said on Monday.

In Wilmington, the storm tore down numerous trees when its centre tore through the area on Friday morning.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", New Bern city officials said on Twitter.

Parts of West-central Virginia and far eastern West Virginia will see "life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding, along with an elevated risk for landslides", according to the agency.

It already had, in Beaufort County and its capital city, Washington, where 300 people were rescued from flooded homes.

Hurricane Florence will slow down as it approaches the coast and moves inland.

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