First death during Hurricane Florence confirmed in Pender County

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper equated Hurricane Florence to an

Modal Trigger North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper equated Hurricane Florence to an"uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave. Composite Getty Images

Another death was reported in North Carolina during the storm. Another 78-year-old man was found dead at his home.

According to, more than 500,000 customers in North Carolina and 50,000 in SC were without power on Friday morning, though the Weather Channel estimates up to 3 million customers could lose power in the Carolinas due to Florence. It started pushing its way westward across SC later in the day, in a watery siege that could go on all weekend. However, the main risk is, and always has been, life threatening flooding.

In New Bern, where rescuers removed more than 100 people from rising waters, Sarah Risty-Davis is one of the residents who chose to ignore a mandatory evacuation order issued three days ago.

Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms. President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency on the federal level Tuesday for the Carolinas and Virginia.

Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles from its center.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Edisto Beach, SC, to Cape Hatteras, NC, and the Pamlico Sound.

"We are saddened by the sudden passing of one of our community, and our hearts go out to the family and friends who are now grieving during such an already stressful period", Amanda Hutcheson, the Brunswick County Government public information officer wrote in an email.

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The Neuse, Pamlico, Pungo and Bay rivers may experience storm surges from 4 to 7 feet.

The president is "expected to travel to areas affected by the storm early to middle of next week, once it is determined his travel will not disrupt any rescue or recovery efforts", Sanders said.

In Morehead City, Brooke Kittrell rode out the storm Thursday and Friday with her boyfriend aboard their docked boat, hoping it didn't break loose and slam something. The record was set by Hurricane Helene in 1958 with 135 miles per hour.

More than 3,000 inmates at North Carolina prisons and juvenile detention centers were moved out of the storm's path.

Joyce, which is about 1,040 miles west-southwest of the Azores, is moving east at 9 mph.

Another weather disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico moved inland Friday, making landfall in south Texas, bringing heavy rainfall and gusty winds to the region.

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