North Carolina must withstand more torrential rains, gusty winds, and river flooding from Tropical Storm Florence next week, but emergency leaders are already working on the recovery. As of Saturday afternoon, about 752,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in SC.
By early afternoon, Florence's winds had weakened to 75mph, just barely a hurricane and well below the storm's terrifying Category 4 peak of 140 miles per hour earlier in the week.
More than 360 people had been rescued by midafternoon Friday, but another 140 were still waiting for help, city spokeswoman Colleen Roberts said.
He said flooding will continue for days and the full magnitude of the hurricane is unknown.
"If it goes up to my front step, I have to get out", Quintin Washington said.
"Amazing. They did awesome", said Knox, who was stranded with seven others, including a boy who was carried out in a life vest.
That kind of scenario is likely to repeat itself all over communities in Eastern North Carolina, as swollen rivers flood towns and the pouring rain adds to the misery.
Two people also died in Harkers Island, North Carolina, on Friday, Carteret County Director of Emergency Services Stephen Rea said Saturday.
More than 800,000 customers in North Carolina were without power and 21,000 people were being housed in 157 shelters across the state.
Five people are known to have died as the massive weather system knocked down trees, flooded rivers, and dumped sheets of rain in the Carolinas.
In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door to door to pull more than 60 people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse.
Cooper warned: "Don't drive through water, no matter how confident you feel or how much you want to get out of the house".
Florence already has set a North Carolina record for rainfall totals, exceeding that of Hurricane Floyd, which struck in 1999 and caused 56 deaths.
Over 100 people remain trapped in New Bern, a town on the Neuse River which has been hit hard by rain and flooding. A 61-year-old woman died Friday night when her vehicle struck a tree that fell during the storm, state emergency officials said.
View of Florence in Wilmington, N.C., on Friday.
The effects of Florence won't be fading anytime soon, either, as current forecasts have upwards of 15-to-20 additional inches of rain possible for areas of North and SC will Florence's remnants will linger for the next 48 to 72 hours. Some area residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit.
The White House said President Donald Trump approved making federal funding available in some affected counties.
U.S. correspondent Cordelia Lynch, who is in New Bern, said: "This community in the weeks and months to come is up against a great deal of flooding".
One of those was the Waccamaw River in South Carolina's Horry County, which had reached 8.9 feet by Saturday; it floods at 11 feet. Trump plans a visit to the region next week.
His remarks fell flat in Puerto Rico where islanders are continuing to struggle to recover a year after the Category 4 storm. Hurricane Florence is at the doorstep of North and SC , and she's not going away anytime soon.
In addition to Marshall's game with South Carolina, West Virginia is also scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. contest with N.C. During his press conference Monday, McMaster appeared open to the possibility of modifying his evacuation plan.
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Sprayberry delivered one of his final briefings before the storm hit on Thursday as Hurricane Florence began her dramatic descent. Browning's choice to stay in the hurricane warning zone wasn't easy, she said, but she "could not find anywhere to go".
On Wednesday, Nia Watson, a local news reporter for WMBF, tweeted that the Myrtle Beach Waffle House had closed for the storm. This doesn't just show FEMA how quickly a business might rebound, it also shows it how the larger community is doing.
By Friday morning Florence had already sapped power to almost 450,000 customers in the Carolinas, emergency officials said. The White House on Saturday said President Donald Trump had approved making federal funding available in some counties.
Rescue crews used boats to carry more than 360 people from rising water, while many of their neighbors awaited help. The governor's office said a man was electrocuted while trying to connect extension cords in the rain.
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