"We knew this was going to be a big storm, but it is going to be of epic proportions", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference in Raleigh.
Rivers are rising on the north side of Hurricane Florence as the storm swirls counter-clockwise, pushing a surge of ocean water far in from the coast.
Five people are known to have died as the massive weather system knocked down trees, flooded rivers, and dumped sheets of rain in the Carolinas.
Storm Florence may have weakened but the full extent of the damage it has wreaked may not become clear for days.
Hurricane Florence is tearing through the Carolinas with disastrous flooding and record-setting rainfall.
With tropical storm-force winds swirling 350 miles wide, Florence continued deluging the Carolinas on Saturday morning after pushing surging seas far ashore. The child´s injured father was taken to a hospital.
"Residents should not let their guard down", North Carolina Emergency Management tweeted. When they got to the home, the woman was dead.
The Navy says the aircraft will make their way back beginning Saturday, and the ships will start to return Sunday.
The storm made landfall in Wilmington, North Carolina, in the gloom of dawn Friday as a Category 1 hurricane. They later clarified those deaths were not related to Florence.
Roger Cozine, 62, who lives in Jacksonville, tried to stay in his home as long as possible, but said rising floodwaters forced him to flee to a relatives house. The winds howled, and the family escaped to an upper floor bedroom. Local media said she suffered a heart attack.
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Most of those criticisms - largely made by men - were valid, but they chose to ignore Williams' experience as a black woman. She also called Ramos a " thief " for taking a point from her.
"We just don't want people to think this is over because it's not. Many people who think the storm has missed them have yet to see its threat".
Forecasters say the center of the eye of Florence has made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina.
And on Saturday evening, Duke Energy disclosed that heavy rains had caused a slope to collapse at a coal ash landfill at a closed power station outside Wilmington, North Carolina.
It's not just rain in the local area that will torment Conway, forecasters warn. The river is forecast to crest more than three feet above its previous record set during Hurricane Matthew in 2016, when much of the same area experienced devastating floods.
Power outages mounted until almost 700,000 customers were in the dark in North Carolina alone.
Volunteers and city workers filled sandbags this morning. As U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans - who according to polls have a very low opinion of the president - can vote in state elections once they've established residency and registered. "This rainfall will continue to produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", the advisory said.
Rainfall totals for the storm will be similar to those in hurricanes Dennis and Floyd in 1999, the National Weather Service's Chris Wamsley 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.
Trump previously declared states of emergency in North and SC, and Virginia.
Florence was one of two major storms threatening millions of people on opposite sides of the world.
Florence's remnants are expected to keep traveling north and then northeast and could drop several inches of rain in eastern Tennessee and eastern Kentucky, southwest Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. You can help those impacted by the hurricane by donating to the American Red Cross or donating blood at the Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City.