Flash flood fears as Florence grinds on

Tens of thousands of people were displaced by Hurricane Maria

At least four people have died since Hurricane Florence crashed into the coast Friday and almost stalled.

"If it happened to me, if I was in such peril at anytime, I would want somebody to offer to help me, because there are so many people that have so much, and then there are those that have nothing", Shell said. The storm knocked out power to more than 890,000 homes and businesses, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the USA electrical grid.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper calls Florence the "uninvited brute" that could wipe out entire communities.

Calling the deadly storm a "thousand-year rain event", Gov Cooper continued: "The sun rose this morning on an extremely unsafe situation and it's getting worse".

"A mother and infant were killed when a tree fell on their house", police tweeted Friday afternoon.

Two deaths occurred in New Hanover County, one death occurred in Pender County, two died in Lenoir, two in Cumberland, and three in Duplin.

Across the Trent River from New Bern, Jerry and Jan Andrews returned home after evacuating to find carp flopping in their backyard near the porch stairs.

"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", said Ballance, owner of a seafood restaurant that was flooded.

The storm's intensity held at about 90 miles per hour (144 kph), and it appeared that the north side of the eye was the most risky place to be as Florence moved ashore. But it was clear that this was really about the water, not the wind.

Forecasters say the center of the eye of Florence has made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina.

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.

"This is a hurricane event followed by a flood event", said South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence will eventually make a right hook to the northeast over the southern Appalachians, moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England as a tropical depression by the middle of next week. North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, had around 7 inches (18 centimeters).

Shell said she has one bedroom and a 20-by-40-foot sunroom she estimates could house up to 20 cots.

The city was hit with a 105 miles per hour wind gust, the strongest wind recorded there since 1958.

More than 2 feet (60 centimeters) of rain had fallen in places, and the drenching went on and on, with forecasters saying there could be an additional 1½ feet (45 centimeters) by the end of the weekend.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull dozens of people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse. "These statues, which New Bern is idea for, are extremely heavy & bolted down at sponsoring agencies", the town tweeted.A pair of of our appreciated bears salvage wandered off. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU".

Boat teams including volunteers rescued some 360 residents, including Sadie Marie Holt, 67, who first tried to row out of her neighborhood during Florence's assault. We've got a lot of debris, a lot of covered roads, covered with water. "We got thrown into mailboxes, houses, trees", said Holt, who had stayed at home because of a doctor's appointment that was later canceled.

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.

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