The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said hurricane and storm surge warnings are in effect for South Santee River in SC to Duck, North Carolina, and the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds. And a 77-year-old man died when he was knocked over by wind, he said. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper had previously said that a person in Lenoir County was killed while plugging in a generator.
"The shelters are not taking dogs", Ramirez said.
"We have the situation here that has developed at the station, and that is of the water getting [so] close to the building that the building has been evacuated", said the station's chief meterologist, Donnie Cox, standing alongside weatherman Shane Hinton, in a video posted to Twitter Thursday night.
Flood conditions will worsen through the relentless rainfall over the next couple days, officials warned.
The parts of the country still in the storm's path have been saturated by summer rains and can not soak up any surplus from Florence.
A spokesperson for the ABC affiliate said roads around the building were flooding. "I said, no I got to go". "So I had to find a place to go". By midnight, his rain gauge showed that he'd gotten 9 inches (23 centimeters) of rain since mid-afternoon.
The town of Oriental, North Carolina, had gotten more than 18 inches of rain just a few hours into the deluge, while Surf City had 14 inches and it was still coming down.
"Hurricane Florence is going to continue its violent grind across our state for days. I see the beach communities' being inundated with water and destruction that will be pretty, pretty epic".
More than 722,000 homes and businesses were without power in North and SC early on Friday, utility officials said.
Wareheim said he lost power early Friday.
The North Carolina State Emergency Response Team also attributed a husband and wife's deaths to the storm. "I haven't left for any of them over the years", he said. "But I think we're ready".
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"These are folks who made a decision to stay and ride out the storm for whatever reason, despite having a mandatory evacuation", she said. "We're going to have to have patience, we're going to have to be careful and we're going to have to deal with a lot of water".
City spokeswoman Colleen Roberts said in an interview with the AP around 10:30 a.m. Friday that about 120 others were still awaiting help.
"It's like a bomb has gone off", Zaytoun told "Good Morning America" Friday.
Duke Energy Corp, the biggest utility in the area with over 4 million customers, estimated the storm could cause between 1 million and 3 million outages. On average, a hurricane will hit North Carolina once every five years.
Governor Cooper said there have been "several hundred" rescue operations and "there are still some people they need to get to".
Hurricane Florence is "wreaking havoc" along the U.S. coast and could wipe out entire communities, North Carolina's governor has warned.
The worst of the storm's fury had yet to reach coastal SC, where emergency managers said people could still leave flood-prone areas.
Craven County public information officer Amber Parker says the storm surge has caused flooding in some downtown New Bern businesses, and Union Park is underwater.
"We're deeply concerned for whole communities which could be wiped away", he added. The Carteret Country Sheriff's Office confirmed that two deaths initially reported as a result of Florence in North Carolina were a result of an apparent murder-suicide.
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