Carolina Residents Who Refused to Evacuate Calling for Help

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In addition, the center said tornadoes are possible in southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina Saturday.

The rest of SC and North Carolina into southwestern Virginia will experience 5 to 10 inches, with isolated totals up to 15 inches. Storm totals could reach between 30 and 40 inches in some areas.

Major river flooding expected to continue into early next week.

Video footage shot during the tropical storm shows what appears to be two dolphins swimming in the rising storm surge water.

Authorities on Saturday warned residents displaced by a killer hurricane that its devastation was far from over, as Florence dumped "epic amounts of rainfall" across the eastern United States, bringing catastrophic flooding. At least seven people have died, a toll authorities fear will rise as the storm crawls westward across SC.

Top sustained winds are now about 100 km/h and the storm is moving to the west-southwest at 7 km/h - a track that is expected to continue through early Saturday.

"Many people who think that the storm has missed them have yet to see its threat", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said. "We didn't know where to go", she said.

With tropical storm-force winds swirling 350 miles wide, Florence took down trees, power lines and damaged buildings.

A North Carolina city situated between two rivers says it has around 150 people waiting to be rescued from rising flood waters from Hurricane Florence. Dozens more were pulled from a collapsed motel.

On Saturday some residents tried to return to home, driving through flooded highways armed with chainsaws to clear fallen pine needle trees that covered the road. The storm has already killed five people and battered homes along the Carolina coast.

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

The body of a 77-year-old man, also in Kinston, was found by his family at his home, and it is believed he died when he was blown down after going outside to check on his hunting dogs, Dail said. Storm surges - the bulge of ocean water pushed ashore by the hurricane - were as high as 10 feet, backing up onto rivers already swollen by almost two feet of rain.

Billy Sample, a resident stuck in the town of Carolina Beach, North Carolina, said Friday night: "The height of the storm didn't feel as bad as it is now".

After coming ashore in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane, Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm Friday afternoon and trudged into SC as night came. As of Saturday morning, a large swath of the Carolinas were still seeing up to 2 inches of rainfall every hour, and relief might not come for days.

Forecasters say the center of the eye of Hurricane Florence is about to make landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina.

Flash flood are expected to his the south-east coast as the storm moves across land.

Authorities warned, too, of risks of mudslides and environmental disasters from floodwaters washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.

Hurricane Florence is thrashing the Carolina coast with devastating flooding and hurricane-force winds.

Although the storm is beginning to move away, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said the Triangle should still expect heavy rain for the next 24 hours.

Florence is expected to dump 18 trillion gallons of rainwater on U.S. soil, meteorologist Ryan Maue tweeted.

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