Hundreds rescued from North Carolina flooding

Florence becomes tropical storm

Florence becomes tropical storm

Two people died in Lenoir County. "You come with what you can carry, and you're welcome".

She said the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, a group of private and public organizations which work together during emergencies, has been on "red alert".

USA authorities on Friday downgraded Florence from a hurricane to a tropical storm, as the still risky weather system unleashed torrential rains but saw its wind power weaken slightly, reported AFP.

As Florence drew near, President Donald Trump tweeted that FEMA and first responders are "supplied and ready", and he disputed the official conclusion that almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico, claiming the figure was a Democratic plot to make him look bad.

The father of the child, who was also in the house, was transported to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center with injuries, police added, without releasing the names of the casualties.

Soon afterwards, the administration of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said that a 78-year-old man died of electrocution as he was attempting to connect a power generator, while media reported that a 77-year-old man was killed after a gust of wind knocked him to the ground.

Once a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 140 miles per hour (225 kph), the hurricane was downgraded to a Category 1 on Thursday night.

The enormous storm crept at a 6 miles per hour pace, making it clear that the trouble was just beginning.

Coast Guard helicopters were taking off across the street to rescue stranded people from rooftops and swamped cars. She retreated and was eventually rescued by a boat crew.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, officials had rescued more than 60 people overnight on Thursday from a hotel that was collapsing in the storm.

The National Hurricane Center described Florence's path as a wobble around southeastern North Carolina.

To compliment the supplies the government is giving evacuees, World Vision has also prepared hygiene kits that are filled with laundry soaps, toiletries, blankets, mosquito nets and plastic mats for the approximate 4,000 families fleeing the storm.

Five dead from Hurricane Florence, including mother and baby, say officials
Florence will then move generally northward across the western Carolinas and the central Appalachian Mountains early next week. Emergency officials warned residents that the peril had probably not passed, as the storm continued to dump torrential rain.

It has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm but continues to soak the East Coast area with rain, downing trees and damaging homes.

Power outages increased throughout Friday.

Grounded: Nearly 2,400 flights canceled.

Emergency officials warned residents that the peril had probably not passed, as the storm continued to dump torrential rain.

The Triangle is under a flash flood warning until 8 p.m. Sunday.

"It's a very tough morning for the first responders here in Wilmington and a sad story to start off this hurricane situation", said Pruitt.

Officials in nearby Harnett County urged residents of about 1,100 homes to clear out because the Lower Little River was rising toward record levels. "We don't have any right now", said Ken Graham, director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

"It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave".

"These are folks who made a decision to stay and ride out the storm for whatever reason, despite having a mandatory evacuation", city public information officer Colleen Roberts said.

Florence's forward movement during the day slowed to a near-standstill - sometimes it was going no faster than a human can walk - and that enabled it to pile on the rain. Additional swiftwater rescue teams were on the way.

Tornadoes are also a threat, with the NHC saying that "a few tornadoes are possible in southeastern North Carolina and northeastern SC".

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