Hurricane Florence Slams into Coast, More Than 100 Rescues Overnight

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Ominously, forecasters said the onslaught on the North Carolina-South Carolina coast would last for hours and hours because the hurricane had come nearly to a dead stop at just 3 mph (6 kph) as of midday.

Mother Lesha Murphy-Johnson and her baby, Zac, were killed after being trapped inside their home in Wilmington when a tree fell onto the roof at around 9.30am on Friday.

Fisher said support staff includes food service employees providing "four hot meals each day" and child care services for about 100 children staying at the hospital while their parents work. A woman in Pender County also died when a fallen tree prevented emergency crews from reaching her while she suffered a heart attack, a county spokeswoman said.

There was just one problem: While Seidel looked as if he needed to guard against the wind and the rain, two people walked behind him as though nothing was wrong and ruined the appearance of dire conditions. A 78-year-old man was electrocuted attempting to connect extension cords while another man perished when he was blown down by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs, a county spokesman said.

"The wind was so hard, the waters were so hard that, trying to get out, we got thrown into trailers".

Florence had been a category three hurricane with 120mph winds as of Thursday, but dropped to a category one hurricane before coming ashore.

The centre of the slow-moving storm, downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane after it came ashore Friday afternoon, was almost stalled over SC early Saturday, about 55 kilometres west of Myrtle Beach, moving west-southwest at just 8 km/h and scooping massive amounts of moisture from the sea.

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.

Multiple deaths have been linked to Hurricane Florence, which has now been downgraded to a tropical storm.

In New Bern, a city that backs on to the Neuse river in North Carolina, rescue operations continued on Saturday as significant flooding destroyed homes and some of the city's historic colonial-era statues.

The 18th century town, with a population of 30,000, has been badly flooded, with 4,200 homes damaged.

Calls for help multiplied as the wind picked up and the tide rolled in. They ventured out in life jackets into the waste-deep water to tie the boat and another floating by to a tree.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted around 2am. The tropical storm's maximum sustained winds are holding steady, remaining at around 50 miles per hour, with higher gusts in heavy rainbands over water, the NWS said. Morehead City, North Carolina, had received 23 inches (58 centimeters) of rain by Friday night with more torrents on the way.

As the storm center shifts farther inland, counterclockwise rotation around the center of circulation will continue to pull in loads of tropical moisture from the Atlantic Ocean and pushing up against the more rugged terrain of central and western North Carolina. Numerous evacuees took their pets.

The National Weather Center predicts another 20 to 25 inches of rain for the areas surrounding the Carolinas' border, with 30 to 40 inches in some places.

The White House declared a major disaster in the state and said Donald Trump would visit storm-affected areas next week.

More than 760,000 customers in North Carolina were without power and 21,000 people were being housed in 157 shelters across the state. Duke Energy expects between 1 million to 3 million homes and businesses to lose power.

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