Death toll rises to 7 as Florence pours on the rain

Death toll rises to 7 as Florence pours on the rain

On the other side of the world, meanwhile, more than a dozen people have died as Typhoon Mangkhut rips through the Philippines. Hundreds more were rescued elsewhere from rising water.

Others were at home hoping for the best.

New Bern's mayor said 4,200 homes were damaged in the city.

More than 800,000 homes and businesses have lost power and Mr Cooper said the danger from flooding would linger for days.

A mother and infant were killed in Wilmington, North Carolina, when a tree fell on their home.

A slowing tropical storm Florence continues to creep along the Carolinas today.

U.S. media later said a man in Lenoir County died after heavy winds knocked him down as he tried to check on his dogs. Newport, N.C., has already accumulated 23.7 inches. "It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave".

It was downgraded to Category 1 before coming ashore on Friday near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina.

SC has reported its first death from Florence.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence broke a North Carolina rainfall record that had stood for nearly 20 years: Preliminary reports showed Swansboro got over 30 inches and counting, eclipsing the mark set in 1999, when Hurricane Floyd dropped just over 24 inches on the state.

This would happen should Florence continue on its westward trajectory this weekend and into early next week. About 400 people have been rescued.

The president sparked furor on Twitter this week when he claimed that the official death toll from Hurricane Maria was inflated by Democrats to harm him politically.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence will eventually make a right hook to the northeast over the southern Appalachians, moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England as a tropical depression by the middle of next week.

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.

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons (36 trillion litres), enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches (25 centimetres). Traffic lights out of order because of power failures swayed in the gusty wind.

"The slow motion of the storm will make this a very prolonged flood event", Reid Hawkins, science officer for the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, said in a briefing.

Airlines canceled more than 2,100 flights through Sunday.

In New Bern, a riverfront city near the North Carolina coast that saw storm surges up to 10 feet (3 meters), authorities were rescuing stranded residents and taking stock of damages.

In Wilmington, high winds blew transformers, plunging the city into darkness.

"It's a bit like a plot line out of 'Back to the Future, ' where you travel back in time to some alternate reality" that is plausible but without humans changing the climate, said University of Exeter climate scientist Peter Stott, one of the pioneers of the field.

Protected: More than 20,000 people in shelters in North Carolina, 6,400 in SC and 400 in Virginia.

"The fact is this storm is deadly and we know we are days away from an ending", Gov Cooper said.

Power outages mounted until almost 700,000 customers were in the dark in North Carolina alone.