NC Officials Evacuated Prisoners In Storm Areas; SC Did Not

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Rescue crews used boats to carry more than 360 people from rising water in the river town of New Bern, North Carolina, while many of their neighbours awaited help. Sooner or later, a volunteer rescue team that had arrived in North Carolina from in came with a ship and rescued them.

Florence peaked at a terrifying Category 4 with top winds of 140 mph (225 kph) over warm ocean water before making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles (kilometres) east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line.

Volunteers from all over North Carolina help rescue residents and their pets from their flooded homes during Hurricane Florence September 14, 2018 in New Bern, North Carolina.

Kim Adams wades through waist-deep floodwaters at her home in Southport, North Carolina.

Cooper said others should not follow suit.

"This system is unloading an epic amount of rainfall: in some places, measured in feet, not inches".

Parts of West-central Virginia and far eastern West Virginia will see "life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding, along with an elevated risk for landslides", according to the agency.

Photos and videos from around the region, and particularly North Carolina, showed the power that Florence contained as it came ashore, leading to rescues across the area.

Coast Guard helicopters were taking off across the street to rescue stranded people from rooftops and swamped cars.

"We know it's time to go", Bostic told CNN.

A mother and a baby were the storm's first victims, who were killed Friday when a tree collapsed on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina. The number of people who lost electricity is far greater because a single customer can represent an entire home.

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The storm is moving at just 3 miles per hour (5 kph), according to the National Hurricane Center. But once New Bern TV news station WCTI evacuated its newsroom Thursday night because of flooding and people began to lose power, the seriousness of the situation began dawning on folks, she said.

"Both Fed & local gov made mistakes", he said.

Two men in their 70s were killed in Lenoir County.

As the East Coast battled the ravages of tropical storm Florence, President Donald Trump's own bluster continued Friday, claiming Hurricane Maria's death toll a year ago rose suspiciously "like magic" and that there was "no way" the count was accurate.

- A husband and wife died in a Fayetteville, North Carolina house fire on Friday, the state's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner says.

The White House said President Trump had issued a disaster declaration for North Carolina a day earlier, freeing up funds for housing and home fix.

Risky storm surges and rising tides have caused coastal areas to be flooded, with water rushing inland from the shoreline.

The military announced Saturday it was deploying almost 200 soldiers to assist in storm-related response and recovery efforts, along with 100 trucks and equipment.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper had said that "several more days of rain" were expected, describing the amount of rainfall from the hurricane as a "1,000-year event".

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.

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