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Florence was downgraded to a Tropical Storm Friday.
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More than 360 people had been rescued by midafternoon Friday, but another 140 were still waiting for help in New Bern.
There have been at least six people confirmed killed as a result of the storm.
A mother and an infant were killed when a tree fell on their home as then-Hurricane Florence made landfall in the Carolinas.
A third death happened in Kinston, Lenoir County officials said, when a 78-year-old man was electrocuted at a home Friday morning when he attempted to connect two extension cords outside in the rain. His body was discovered by family members.
Also in Kinston, a 77-year-old man was found dead Friday morning at his home on Middle Street. It is believed his death was caused when he was blown down by the wind when he went out to check on his hunting dogs.
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Another person died as a result of a medical incident in Pender County, according to Pender County Emergency Management Director Tom Collins. The woman was at her home in Hampstead. Emergency crews were unable to get to her because of a downed tree in the road. Her death has not been officially attributed to Hurricane Florence.
Hurricane Florence made landfall just before 7:30 Friday morning in Wrightsville Beach as Category 1 storm with maximum 90 mph winds.
New Bern quickly started to flood, causing more than 100 water rescues.
ABC11’s Julie Wilson accompanied one team of volunteers and helped save a dog.
The state has opened more than 120 shelters for Florence evacuees.
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During a news conference, Gov. Cooper instructs residents who have evacuated to “stay put.”
“We know that people are anxious to get back home, but don’t go back until this storm passes, and you get the official all-clear.”
He said rivers, creeks, and other waterways are expected to rise and possbily crest on Monday.
The White House says President Donald Trump has issued a disaster declaration for North Carolina and that will make federal money available to people in the counties of Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico and Pender.
Government aid can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of Hurricane Florence.
Money also is available to the state, some local governments, and some private nonprofit groups on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in those counties.
Mandatory evacuation issued for Harnett County residents along the Lower Little River near the Cumberland County line.
The National Weather Service is now predicting the Lower Little River at Manchester to crest at 35.4 feet at approximately 8 a.m. Monday.
A third emergency shelter will open at Western Harnett High School at noon.
Tornado Watch issued for Wilson, Moore and Lee counties until 5 p.m.
Full list of counties under Tornado Watch here.
The storm was located 35 miles west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The storm was moving at 5 mph with 50 mph winds.
Storm Surge Warnings are in effect for Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to Ocracoke Inlet, North Carolina, and Pamlico Sound, including the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers.
Tropical Storm Florence is practically stalled over the Carolinas and the monster storm could dump drenching rains of up to 3 feet. That, in turn, could trigger epic flooding well inland.
Gov. Roy Cooper calls Florence the “uninvited brute” that could wipe out entire communities. The storm is still roughly 400 miles wide.
Early Saturday morning Florence’s winds weakened to 65 mph as it moved forward at 5 mph and was about 15 miles west-northwest of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the core of Florence was located about 15 miles west-northwest of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Top sustained winds are now about 65 mph, and the storm is moving to the west-southwest at 5 mph – a track that is expected to continue through early Saturday.
As Florence moves further inland over the coming days, the storm is expected to gradually weaken. Forecasters say it could become a depression by Saturday night.
The center of Tropical Storm Florence has moved into South Carolina, and both it and North Carolina continue to face powerful winds and catastrophic flooding.
Florence’s top sustained winds remain at 70 mph as it crawls west at just 3 mph
At 8 p.m. Friday, Florence was centered about 15 miles north-northeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and about 55 miles east-southeast of Florence, South Carolina.
Hundreds have been rescued in New Bern and many other rescues are underway. About 650,000 are without power and the number is expected to rise, Cooper said.
Florence has been downgraded to a tropical storm with maximum winds of 70 mph. The storm is inching westward at 3 mph.
President Trump will travel to North Carolina next week to areas affected by the storm.
“The President is expected to travel to areas affected by the storm early to middle of next week, once it is determined his travel will not disrupt any rescue or recovery efforts. We will keep you posted when we have details,” Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.
The Category 1 hurricane was 35 miles west-southwest of Wilmington.
The storm was weaking as it moved closer to South Carolina; however, a life-threatening storm surge and hurricane force wind gusts still remain an issue.
The National Hurricane Center said that life-threatening floods from the slow-moving storm could linger for days.
The storm was located 20 miles southwest of Wilmington, moving 3 mph, just hours after it made landfall in Wrightsville Beach.
The Category 1 storm was winds of 80 mph.
“Our predictions show that the Lumber and Cape Fear rivers will crest significantly higher than they did with Hurricane Matthew,” Gov. Cooper said during a news conference.
Tornado Warning in effect for Edgecombe County until 1:15 p.m.
Flash flood warnings issued for Harnett and Cumberland counties until 4 p.m.
Flood warnings issued in Sampson County until 1:15 p.m.
Flash flood warnings issued for Wilson and Wayne County until 2 p.m.
Hurricane Florence makes landfall as Category 1 storm in Wrightsville Beach.
A Tornado Watch was issued for multiple counties including Wake, Edgecombe, Wilson, and Nash. View a full list here.
The storm was located 25 miles east of Wilmington.
The eyewall of Hurricane Florence begins to reach the North Carolina coast. Winds remain 90 mph.
At least 70 people were evacuated from the Triangle Motor Inn in Jacksonville Friday morning after winds from Hurricane Florence caused severe damage to the budling.
No injuries were reported.
There are about 150 people awaiting rescue in the New Bern area. Multiple rescues have already been made, the Craven County EMS told ABC News.
There are no injuries or causalities so far, but there are reports of people in their attics and on their roofs.
At least 18,000 customers are without power in New Bern and widespread outages are reported in Craven County.
Florence has been downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane with top sustained winds of 90 mph. Florence is now lashing the North Carolina coast with hurricane -force winds and a life-threatening storm surge.
The National Hurricane Center said Thursday night that the threat of freshwater flooding will increase in coming hours and days from the storm’s heavy rains.
The storm’s eye was about 50 miles south of Morehead, City, and Florence is moving to the northwest at 6 mph.
Forecasters said the center of Florence is expected to move inland between Friday and Saturday.
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