Five dead as Hurricane Florence downgraded to tropical storm

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The hurricane was also deadly, killing five people.

Police in Wilmington say a mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on their house. A fourth person was killed in Lenoir County while plugging in a generator, the governor's office said.

Since being shared online just 12 hours ago, the video has collected over 10 million views and more than 3 lakh "likes" on Twitter alone. Its forward movement was 6 miles per hour (9 kph).

On the mainland in New Bern, authorities said more than 100 people had to be saved from floods and that the downtown area was underwater. Rescue crews have used boats to reach hundreds besieged by the rising waters. Rescue workers were able only to save her father.

"This is risky, unsafe times in New Bern".

None of the people rescued were injured. By late afternoon, Beaufort County Manager Brian Alligood hoped the worst was over. "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".

At 5 a.m., the center was all but parked over SC, about 35 miles (55 kilometers) west of Myrtle Beach, moving west-southwest at just 5 mph (8 kph) and scooping massive amounts of moisture from the sea.

But the size of the storm meant the path didn't really matter. The storm is some 400 miles (645 kilometers) wide.

Rescue crews in Onslow County helped evacuate 70 people from a Jacksonville hotel early Friday after the roof collapsed and rain rushed in.

Last year, Hurricane Matthew left 1.5 million Duke customers without power and cost the company $125 million in power line repairs, The Weather Channel reports.

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Two people died in Wilmington after a tree fell on their house, the city's police department said.

Power outages increased throughout Friday.

Emergency officials warned residents that the peril had probably not passed, as the storm continued to dump torrential rain.

The Triangle is under a flash flood warning until 8 p.m. Sunday.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said the hurricane was "wreaking havoc" on the coast and could wipe out entire communities as it makes its "violent grind across our state for days". They tried desperately to return to their homes as the Neuse River overflowed its banks. "It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave".

The danger came in the form of a massive storm surge. Flooding also hit the Bogue Sound near Beaufort, the Pungo River at Belhaven and the Pamlico River at Washington.

Forecasters say "it can not be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard associated with slow-moving Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland". "For overall damage, it would be hard, at the end of the day, I think, to find a rival for this storm". Five hundred National Guard troops had responded to calls by 11 a.m. Friday. The U.S. Geological Survey maintains the gauges, which during storm can get battered and cause faulty readings.

About 20,000 people hunkered down in 157 schools, shelters and a coliseum in Winston-Salem.

Life-threatening storm surge is being reported along the coast of the Carolinas. He added that there would be no mercy for those who try to steal from others' homes during the storm. Additional swiftwater rescue teams were on the way.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city of New Bern tweeted. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU".

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