The storm also knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of customers and that number is expected to rise.
It's "relentless and excruciating and very slow", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said.
"All evacuation orders from local officials should be followed because of this risky threat", the Weather Channel said.
- A mother and her infant were killed when a tree fell on their house in Wilmington, North Carolina, the first reported fatalities from Hurricane Florence, police said Friday.
Officials say two people died in Lenoir County. The Neuse River rose rapidly, overcoming the streets of New Bern. "I couldn't even imagine", he said.
WILMINGTON:Florence barreled into the Carolina coast and moved inland on Friday, knocking down trees, overflowing rivers, dumping sheets of rain and leading to the death of five people before it was downgraded to a tropical storm still capable of wreaking havoc.
100 miles per hour winds raged as the storm made landfall.
As of 6 a.m., Florence was centered just 10 miles (20 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina.
The storm will dump rain in the Carolinas through the weekend, overwhelming rivers and setting up days of flooding, before reaching the Ohio Valley.
Dramatic photos show the carnage at the scene, including quickly rising flood waters set to submerge a pair expensive sports cars.
Authorities warned, too, of risks of mudslides and environmental disasters from floodwaters washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.
Trump has been criticized for his response to Hurricane Maria, which hit Puerto Rico last September and resulted in almost 3,000 deaths. On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move farther inland across extreme southeastern North Carolina this evening, and across extreme eastern SC tonight and Saturday. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimeters) of water, he calculated.
Editor's Note: A previous version of this article reported two deaths in Carteret County, North Carolina.
For people living inland in the Carolinas, maximum peril could come days later as all that water drains, overflowing rivers and causing flash floods. A tree fell on a home in Wilmington. Traffic lights out of order because of power failures swayed in the gusty wind. More than 2.4 million people were evacuated from China's southern Guangdong province ahead of the massive typhoon, the strongest to hit the region in almost two decades.
Cooper highlighted in particular the plight of New Bern, a city that faced intense flooding overnight.
At 2:30 a.m. ET on Friday, the City of New Bern tweeted out: "Currently ~ 150 awaiting rescue in New Bern".
Courageous volunteers are seen defying the danger and continuing to rescue residents and their pets. "Everything around us is underwater".
Those who stayed behind provided harrowing accounts of getting trapped in homes surrounded by water. She retreated and was eventually rescued by a boat crew. I love hurricanes. But this one has been an experience for me.
He was killed at a shopping mall near the Gush Etzion junction that has been the site of similar incidents in recent years. Fuld, 45, was a father of four who lived in the Israeli settlement of Efrat, near the mall where he was stabbed.
But, I know what some of you are likely thinking. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan should be well-acquainted with Gordon. The Cleveland Browns announced late on Saturday night that they are parting ways with the star wide receiver.
His administration is also seeking to boost methane emissions and roll back California's strict vehicle emissions standards. In a speech, he called the conference a way to broadcast that the U.S.is still committed to fighting global warming.
President Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia , opening the way for federal aid. Directly in the path of the storm are 8 nuclear power plants, located in North Carolina and SC .
Whether or not the victim possessed marijuana is irrelevant to the case and a sad attempt to slander an otherwise innocent person. Lucia over the summer to do charity work. "He loved everybody", said minister Michael Griffin of Singing Hills Church of Christ.
The National Weather Service is forecasting "significant" river flooding, especially in the northeastern portion of the state. It's moving westward across the eastern Caribbean, where it's expected to bring up to 5 inches of rain across Puerto Rico.
On Wednesday, Vladimir Putin called for the two men to speak with the media during an economic conference in Vladivostok. Authorities in the United Kingdom have claimed the two suspects are Russian military intelligence officers.
He said the reaction showed the world "has just gone crazy" and insisted he was simply illustrating her behaviour on the day. On the other side of the net, though, the 20-year-old Osaka kept her cool in her first Grand Slam final to win 6-2 6-4.
Affidavits: Border agent shot 4 women in head
It was originally believed that Ortiz had murdered three women and one man, but it turned that was actually a transgender woman. Luera was found still alive but in critical condition Thursday near a stretch of Texas Highway 255, but she died at a hospital.
Pressure increase reported in MA gas pipeline, NTSB says
A series of explosions and fires killed a teenager, injured dozens, damaged homes and forced thousands of people to be displaced. If your gas meter has been shut off by either the gas company or you, DO NOT attempt to turn your service back on yourself.
'Don't play games with it': Florence takes aim at Carolinas
In South Carolina and inland parts of North Carolina, 5 to 10 inches of rain could fall, with 20 inches possible in some areas. FEMA Administrator Brock Long urged people to prepare for a "very devastating storm", with possibly weeks-long power outages.
Ravens can’t recover from Bengals’ dominant 1st half
The Ravens are 7-1 under Harbaugh in short-week Thursday games, and their Week 1 blowout helped them rest a few veterans. Flacco threw three touchdown passes, one to each of the newcomers: John Brown, Michael Crabtree and Willie Snead.