Slow-Moving Florence Causing Major Flooding As It Swirls Over Carolinas

'It Looks Like a Battlefield': Man Trapped in Home By Florence Speaks With 'Fox & Friends'

The NWS says southern and central portions of North Carolina into far northeast SC are expected to report an additional 10 to 15 inches of rainfall - with storm totals between 30 and 40 inches along the coastal areas south of Cape Hatteras.

SC has reported its first death from Florence. "We knew this was going to be a big storm, but it is going to be of epic proportions", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference in Raleigh.

People wait in line to fill up their gas cans at a gas station that was damaged when Hurricane Florence hit Wilmington, North Carolina.

The storm made landfall at Wrightsville Beach at 7:15 a.m., with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

As Florence first broke on land yesterday 90mph winds struck the coastal areas, but as the storm system moved across land it was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm.

Preparing for the worst, about 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians were deployed with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats. Dozens more were pulled from a collapsed motel.

That's how hard the wind gusted in North Carolina's New River inlet.

Forecasters say Florence is now a tropical storm but will continue to threaten North and SC with powerful winds and catastrophic freshwater flooding.

Two fins were spotted in the high water in Wilmington.

The deadly Tropical Storm Florence is so ferocious, it's uprooting everything, even tightly-bolted historic statues.

The dead included a mother and baby who were killed when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Florence "will continue to track slowly inland through the Carolinas this weekend", the National Weather Service said in its 8:00 a.m. update Saturday.

The reporter, Mike Seidel, was reporting from Wilmington, N.C., Friday afternoon, where he was shown hunched over and appearing to brace against a strong wind.

In the dark: About 900,000 outages as of Saturday morning, mostly in North Carolina.

The rest of SC into western North Carolina and southwest Virginia is expected to report 5 to 10 inches of additional rainfall, with isolated cases of 15 inches.

The mayor said the pier made it through the storm on Thursday but did not survive the rough surf on Friday.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted around 2 a.m.

FEMA teams were employing boats in the rescues and were determining which cases were the most severe. "We got thrown into mailboxes, houses, trees", said Holt, who had stayed at home because of a doctor's appointment that was later cancelled.

Ashley Warren and boyfriend Chris Smith managed to paddle away from their home in a boat with their two dogs and were left her shaken. "I love hurricanes. But this one has been an experience for me", she said.

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