The mother and her baby were killed in New Hanover County when a tree fell on their house, the governor said, while confirming another death in Lenoir County.
NEW BERN, N.C. -Florence continued to drench the Carolinas Saturday as it lumbered across the region, claiming at least five lives and stranding hundreds of people in floodwaters.
The city has been placed under a 24-hour curfew until further notice, Roberts said, according to the Herald Sun.
Tropical Storm Florence is continuing to dump unsafe amounts of rain as it continues its slow slog across the Carolinas.
Florence peaked at a terrifying Category 4 with top winds of 140 mph over warm ocean water before making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line.
Florence has landed in the Myrtle Beach area, bringing rain, wind and flooding.
Many areas in southeastern North Carolina have endured 15 to 30 inches of rain, and up to 15 more could fall. As the storm stalled, forecasters warned "torrential rains will come:" an additional 20 to 25 inches in eastern North Carolina and up to 15 inches inland. The Cajun Navy, a Louisiana-based group of private boat owners whose role proved pivotal in Texas during Hurricane Harvey, had rescued more than 150 people by Friday alone.
About 10 million people could be affected by the storm and more than 1 million were ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia.
Charlotte and Asheville in North Carolina, and Roanoke, Virginia, could be in for heavy rains as Florence plods inland.
By Friday night the center of the storm had moved to eastern SC, about 15 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.
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Preparing for the worst, about 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians were deployed with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats.
The death toll is likely to rise.
The National Hurricane Centre said Florence will eventually break up over the southern Appalachians and make a right hook to the northeast, its rainy remnants moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England by the middle of next week. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay, or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches of water.
Florence is expected to dump 18 trillion gallons of rainwater on U.S. soil, meteorologist Ryan Maue tweeted.
Travel on the state's roads has grown "extremely hazardous", said Jim Trogdon, the North Carolina transportation secretary, who warned in a late-morning briefing that a 500- to 1,000-year "flood event is anticipated".
Power outages affecting more than 900,000 in Carolinas.
"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted around 2am.
"I firmly believe in Karma", said Foor, who helped rescue 100 victims after Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", New Bern city officials said on Twitter. Water rescues were also underway, although it was hard to know how many had occurred.
"Very eerie, the wind howling, the rain blowing sideways, debris flying", said Orsa, who lives nearby and feared splintering trees would pummel her house.
Ashley Warren and boyfriend Chris Smith managed to paddle away from their home in a boat with their two dogs, and the experience left her shaken. Local media said she suffered a heart attack.
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