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"We are stuck in the attic". States of emergency have already been declared in both North and SC.

One man was rescued from the Mercer Avenue home, according to Wilmington Fire Department Chief Buddy Martinette. "We have started to see the water recede".

The massive storm is larger than North Carolina and South Carolina - combined, according to South Carolina Emergency Management.

As it approaches OH it will become a post-tropical storm before swinging to the northeast on a path to Nova Scotia in the middle of next week.

The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said: "Life-threatening storm surges and strong winds to continue tonight".

It remains a Category 1 hurricane with top sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph), but a gust of 112 miles per hour (180 kph) was reported just offshore. One of the hardest hit areas so far is New Bern, North Carolina, where about 100 people are waiting to be rescued after more than 10 feet of powerful storm surge flooded the small city.

The National Hurricane Center says the Neuse River near the city is recording more than 10 feet (3.05 meters) of inundation.

Power outages increased throughout Friday.

Responding to the incident, a Weather Channel spokesman said: "It's important to note that the two individuals in the background are walking on concrete, and Mike Seidel is trying to maintain his footing on wet grass, after reporting on-air until 1:00 a.m. ET this morning and is undoubtedly exhausted".

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Coastal homes and buildings suffered damage from initial wind and storm surges.

At 8 p.m. Friday, Florence was centered about 15 miles (25 kilometers) north-northeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and about 55 miles (90 kilometers) east-southeast of Florence, South Carolina.

That said, the storm is still expected to stall once it hits the Wilmington coast, with weather officials early Thursday raising the expected total rainfall for Wilmington to 35 inches - weather officials had predicted 30 inches for Wilmington in briefings released Wednesday. "We know our customers share our commitment to the communities we serve, and together, we will continue to support the American Red Cross' disaster recovery efforts". For those wishing to track Florence's devastation from miles away, PBS NewsHour has compiled this guide of sources that we will be closely monitoring as the storm progresses.

"Florence is an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper told NPR's Morning Edition. But with a storm surge putting pressure on water to head back inland and heavy rains swelling those rivers, widespread flooding is the result. The company said that, in advance of the storm, it has shipped 1,000 truckloads of water, over 60,000 cases of batteries and 33 truckloads of personal generators.

Emergency crews were stretched thin.

Preparing for the worst, about 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians were deployed with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats. "The combination of a unsafe storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline".

Travel on the state's roads has grown "extremely hazardous", said Jim Trogdon, the North Carolina transportation secretary, who warned in a late-morning briefing that a 500- to 1,000-year "flood event is anticipated".

He said 20,000 people were being housed in 157 shelters across the state. Residents mostly heeded police commands to stay home and off the streets. Additional swiftwater rescue teams were on the way.

On Thursday evening, the Neuse River burst its banks which caused rapid flooding in New Bern, North Carolina, forcing residents to flee as the entire city lost power. "We've got some roof issues, parts of roof are coming off and we've got some fences coming down".

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