Hurricane Florence: North Carolina family's garage submerged in water

Shianne Coleman gets a hand from friend Austin Gremmel as they walk in flooded streets as the Neuse River begins to flood its banks during Hurricane Florence

Forecasters say although Florence is now a tropical storm, it will continue to threaten North and SC with powerful winds and catastrophic freshwater flooding. The child's injured father was taken to a hospital.

A woman in Hampstead, in Pender County, also died of an apparent heart attack after emergency crews could not clear debris to get to her.

The hurricane is now centered about 220 miles (354km) east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and 170 miles to the south-east of Wilmington, North Carolina.

The Miami-based center had said earlier Friday Florence's arrival would come with "catastrophic" fresh water flooding over portions of the Carolinas. But there are still untold numbers of people who are still in their homes - and they may need help soon.

Officials say 321,000 people are without power in North Carolina as Florence pounds the area.

Forecasters said that given the storm's size and sluggish track, it could cause epic damage akin to what the Houston area saw during Hurricane Harvey just over a year ago, with floodwaters swamping homes and businesses and washing over industrial waste sites and hog-manure ponds.

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WXII-TV reported that 150 people were waiting to be rescued from rising waters in the city New Bern.

High winds and storm surge from Hurricane Florence hits Swansboro N.C., September 14, 2018.

Surges and flooding will reportedly continue as it lashes SC.

In Wilmington, near where the eye of the hurricane touched down, trees and power lines were down and many windows had been broken.

"It doesn't matter where you are", he said.

A tornado watch was also in effect for parts of North Carolina.

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Another moving photograph captured a K-9 handler giving his dog, Tag, fluids through an IV bag to keep him healthy while conducting important search and rescue work in Pembroke, North Carolina.

"And it's just a Category 1 hurricane", Tarr said.

As of Friday morning, Atlantic Beach, a town on North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier island chain, had already received 76cm of rain, the US Geological Service said. "But there are a lot of big trees around so we preferred to spend the night at a friends to be sure".

Roughly 1 million people are under evacuation orders.

So far, a state of emergency has been declared in five states - South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland and Washington DC. He was pleased to get the texts, a sign that he still had cell phone reception, and made a decision to go rev up his generator that is now powering is refrigerator and his satellite TV, which he's spent a portion of Friday watching.

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But there are still untold numbers of people who are still in their homes - and they may need help soon. Officials say 321,000 people are without power in North Carolina as Florence pounds the area.


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