Hurricane Florence's catastrophic flooding is a sign of what's to come

A second flash flood emergency is in effect for Carteret, Pamlico, Craven and Jones counties, North Carolina.

Video from Belhaven, North Carolina, showed storm-surge flooding up to the window-level of a house early Friday morning.

The Wilmington Police Department confirmed the deadly incident on Twitter, mentioning that the father is being hospitalized for injuries he suffered when the large tree fell on the home.

Forecasters say Florence is now a tropical storm but will continue to threaten North and SC with powerful winds and catastrophic freshwater flooding.

Officials say two people died in Lenoir County. A 78-year-old man was electrocuted attempting to connect extension cords while another man perished when he was blown down by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs, a county spokesman said.

Florence may drench the Carolinas with an unthinkable amount of water this weekend: 18 trillion gallons, or enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay.

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Its top sustained winds have dropped to 70 miles per hour (110 kph), and it's at a near standstill, moving west at just 3 miles per hour (6 kph).

The National Hurricane Center downgraded it to a tropical storm on Friday afternoon, but warned it would dump as much as 30 to 40 inches of rain on the southeastern coast of North Carolina and into the northeastern coast of SC in spots.

Atlantic Beach on North Carolina's Outer Banks islands had already received 30 inches (76 cm) of rain, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

"It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave", said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.

Hundreds of people in North Carolina have been rescued from rising water.

The White House said President Donald Trump was to visit hurricane-hit areas next week "once it is determined his travel will not disrupt any rescue or recovery efforts". One report was of a 10-foot surge in New Bern, North Carolina, the National Weather Service said. The storm is moving west at 5 miles per hour and a slow westward movement will continue across extreme eastern SC through Saturday.

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