Five dead in Carolinas as Florence brings ´epic´ floods

Flag affected by Hurricane Florence

The flag is located on the Frying Pan Shoals Light about 39 miles southeast of Southport North Carolina

In New Bern, North Carolina, the storm surge overwhelmed the town of 30,000 which is located at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers.

More than 300 volunteers from nine U.S. states have joined the relief effort in North Carolina, according to ABC News.

Members of Onslow County emergency look to see if a passenger was still in a vehicle that was overtaken by flooding on US Route 17 outside of Jacksonville, North Carolina. Nicholas Digregorio and his wife Danielle are stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

"The flood danger from this storm is more immediate today than when it ... made landfall 24 hours ago", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Saturday morning.

A member of the US Coast Guard walks down Mill Creek Road checking houses after tropical storm Florence hit Newport North Carolina.

This storm is relentless and excruciating. The town of Oriental, North Carolina, got more than 20 inches (50 centimetres) just a few hours into the deluge. More ppl now face a threat than when the storm was offshore.

"The fact that there haven't been more deaths and damage is wonderful and a blessing", said Rebekah Roth, walking around Wilmington's Winoca Terrace neighborhood on Saturday.

More than five people have died in Hurricane Florence before it was downgraded to a tropical storm still capable of wreaking havoc.

After reaching a terrifying Category 4 peak of 140 mph (225 kph) earlier in the week, Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 Wrightsville Beach, a few miles (kilometres) east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line. It was expected to slowly move southwest into SC before turning north, forecasters said. His state has already endured record rainfall totals, with much more expected to come from the storm that forecasters said was 480 km wide. But once New Bern TV news station WCTI evacuated its newsroom Thursday night because of flooding and people began to lose power, the seriousness of the situation began dawning on folks, she said.

"Please be safe and be smart and use your common sense", Cooper added.

The eye of the storm reached Wrightsville Beach, several miles east of Wilmington, around 7:15 eastern time, with estimated maximum winds of 90 mph.

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About 10 million people could be affected by the storm, according to a Reuters report.

At least 4 people killed, including mother and baby. The father was transported to the hospital with injuries. A 78-year-old man was killed while trying to connect extension cords outside in the rain, ABC News reported, citing Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Roger Dail.

Governor Cooper advised North Carolina residents inland that rivers will rise days after the rain has stopped.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, more than 60 people were evacuated from a hotel after part of the roof collapsed, city officials said.

Eudy and his family stayed home in New Bern in part to protect their house. Some area residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit.

Almost three feet of rain has fallen on portions of North Carolina, a reported record for the state for rainfall from a single storm.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division called the insurance rumor "FALSE" over social media, saying that the claim had spread to SC residents. Along with other home cleanup and fix work ministries, Frazier said his group works to "basically restore somebody back to where they were as much as we can".

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump issued a disaster declaration for North Carolina, freeing up federal resources to boost recovery efforts, the White House confirmed Saturday. Although more than $740 million in federal, state and local funds have been spent to address Matthew's damages, state officials are still working to distribute $236 million allocated by the federal government previous year to help reimburse or pay for extensive home repairs.

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