Hurricane Florence Rocks Wooden Pier in Nags Head

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said Florence was set to cover nearly all of the state in several feet of water.

Satellites also continue to monitor Hurricane Florence as it passes over North Carolina to help meteorologists make more accurate predictions of how the storm will impact people living in the region.

Wilmington Police reported on Twitter that a tree fell on a house on Mercer Avenue, killing the pair around 9:30 a.m.

Five people, including an infant, were killed as Florence battered the North Carolina coast on Friday.

Atlantic Beach, located on the state's Outer Banks barrier islands, had received 76cm of rain, the US Geological Survey said.

In addition, a woman in Hampstead suffered a heart attack Friday morning, but emergency crews could not reach her before she died because of downed trees in the road, according to Tom Collins, Director of Emergency Management.

With the center of the storm still at sea early Friday, scores of residents had to be rescued from homes and the tops of cars in New Bern, North Carolina.

Emergency crews rescued hundreds of stranded people on Friday as Hurricane Florence pounded the US East Coast with driving rain, howling winds and risky storm surge.

She, her husband and three children went up into the attic for a while, but the winds howled and the family descended to an upper floor bedroom.

On Friday, coastal streets in the Carolinas flowed with frothy ocean water, and pieces of torn-apart buildings flew through the air.

Still, he said: "I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth".

"I think it's going to be a little worse than other people thought", he said, looking out over the beach.

"These are folks who made a decision to stay and ride out the storm for whatever reason, despite having a mandatory evacuation", she said. He said it was a testament to the close calls around the city.

On social media, residents have suggested donating to local school sports teams or high school band programs, but York County Public Schools have not made an official request for supplies, spokeswoman Katherine Goff said.

Residents can be seen wading through deep floodwater in New Bern as they attempt to retrieve their belongings. It shows the depth of water in a Belhaven family's garage.

She succeeded - staying awake all night, retying broken dock lines in howling winds.

"I honestly cried", Kittrell said.

The Hurricane Florence has began to unleash fierce rains across the U.S. southeast.

It didn't take long for Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand to start feeling its impacts, with the area waking up to steady 20-30 miles per hour winds Friday morning.

It is expected to move across parts of south-eastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said. The hurricane had the brothers slightly anxious of storm surge, but they didn't believe there would be horrific damage.

As it approaches OH it will become a post-tropical storm before swinging to the northeast on a path to Nova Scotia in the middle of next week.

  • Carolyn Briggs