As it moves inland, the storm is expected to bring its high winds and intense rain bands across the southeastern corner of North Carolina and a large chunk of SC.
A man sits on a park bench in a flooded park as the Cape Fear River rises above its usual height in Wilmington.
Areas along the SC coast, including Myrtle Beach, reported power outages Friday morning and early afternoon. She plans to continue to ride out the storm.
The Wilmington Police Department said Friday that the two were killed when a tree fell on their house. The child's father was transported to the hospital with injuries. In Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris.
But while the president urged people in the region to follow instructions to evacuate, he obscured that message Thursday, when he tweeted that he didn't believe a study that determined almost 3,000 people died after hurricanes Maria and Irma swept across Puerto Rico a year ago. A 77-year-old man was electrocuted when he connected extension cords to a generator in the rain.
President Donald Trump is expected to travel to areas hit by Florence next week, once it is determined his travel will not disrupt any rescue or recovery efforts, the White House said on Friday.
"We are stuck in the attic", Perry said.
Dan Eudy said he and his brother were awakened on Thursday night by the sound of a boat ramming his front porch.
"We're in God's hands", said Rick Foreman, pastor at West Lumberton Baptist Church, as the Lumber River steadily rose Friday and local residents filled sandbags.
By early afternoon, Florence's winds had weakened to 75 miles per hour, just barely a hurricane and well below the storm's terrifying Category 4 peak of 140 miles per hour earlier in the week.
The NOAA's National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has warned multiple tornadoes could form within the area of North Carolina.
Florence also blew down trees.
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It afforded him a more relaxing race than expected - heat aside - given Ferrari's advantage during practice this weekend. Despite the night-time start, the temperature was around 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) and the humidity intense.
About 1.7 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders and millions of others live in areas likely to be affected by the storm.
Olson said the shelter was "nice", though she also said there was not enough food.
The National Hurricane Center said there was more than 10 feet (3 meters) of inundation in New Bern.
Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com said Florence could dump a staggering 68 trillion litres of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland.
The hurricane has darkened the skies and homes of hundreds of thousands of residents of both North & South Carolina.
Despite the distractions, FEMA officials say they are prepared to lead the government's response to Florence.
Florence had been a Category 3 hurricane with 120 miles per hour winds on Thursday but dropped to Category 1 before coming ashore. The remnants of Florence are expected to hit the peaks of western North Carolina in a couple of days.
They have made clear that this event is all about the water - which the storm has delivered in devastating quantity. That advisory came out on August 30, when Florence was developing near the Cabo Verde Islands across the Atlantic.
Before sunrise, high winds and storm surge from Hurricane Florence hits Swansboro N.C., on September 14, 2018.
Metal signs and roof coverings littered the biggest commercial byway, Market Street, and trees blocked many roads.