Losing Speed, Tropical Storm Florence Will Continue Slowly Through The Carolinas

North Carolina TV station evacuates because of rising water

North Carolina TV station evacuates because of rising water

The hurricane was also deadly, killing five people.

Firefighters came together in prayer during an operation to remove a tree that fell on a home in Wilmington, NC. The child's father was taken to a hospital. In the state´s Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris.

Preparing for the worst, about 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians were deployed with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats that could be used to pluck people from the floodwaters.

Householders were stranded in their cars, attics and on rooftops.

The girl and her family were rescued from their home in James City.

Four weather-related deaths have been reported in North Carolina.

"With a storm like this, you have communities that are faced not only with the devastation that a storm like this will leave behind, but the environmental injustices that may have already been existing in those communities", Glover said.

"It has slowed", he said. CORRECTING TYPO IN CITY NAME People are rescued by members of the U.S. Army during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern, North Carolina, U.S. September 14, 2018.

But the size of the storm meant the path didn't really matter. Hurricane-force winds were extending out up to 80 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extended up to 195 miles, the center said.

President Trump's disaster declaration for eight North Carolina counties frees up federal funding including grants for property repairs and low-priced loans to cover uninsured losses.

Yet a day after landfall the faster-moving Mangkhut was back out over open water - weakened, but headed across the South China Sea toward China.

Power outages increased throughout Friday.

Authorities in North Carolina said almost 814,000 customers were without power. More are expected, as the storm could bring winds up to 45 miles per hour around the area, according to Durham County emergency management officials.

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

On Saturday morning, authorities began allowing residents as well as workers and property owners to begin returning to the northern portion of the islands.

Hurricane Florence is an nearly impossibly rare threat.

By Friday evening, the Cape Fear River in Wilmington saw storm surge flowing north being met with rainwater flowing west, giving the water nowhere to go.

He said flooding will continue for days and the full magnitude of the hurricane is unknown.

Both storms have lasted a long time, especially Florence which formed all the way over near Africa 15 days before landfall, McNoldy said.

The Philippines tends to get hit almost every year, the Carolinas far less frequently though with lots of close calls, Maue said. He said the gust was the strongest recorded in Wilmington since 1958.

Protected: More than 20,000 people in shelters in North Carolina, 6,400 in SC and 400 in Virginia.

That's the new North Carolina record for most rainfall from a single tropical system. He added that there would be no mercy for those who try to steal from others' homes during the storm.

The city of about 29,000, which was founded in the early 1700s, is near the North Carolina coast and is bordered on the east and south, respectively, by two rivers.

To prevent those routes from being flooded, cutting off Horry County and virtually turning the Myrtle Beach area into an island, transportation officials plan to build a mile-long barrier along the Lynches River to keep US 378 passable. Additional swiftwater rescue teams were on the way.