Authorities in North Carolina said almost 814,000 customers were without power. She said 61 shelters had opened thus far, including 12 that are specially outfitted to help people with special medical needs. A 78-year-old man was electrocuted attempting to connect extension cords while another man died when he was blown down by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs, a county spokesman said.
Not everyone was taking Florence too seriously: About two dozen locals gathered Thursday night behind the boarded-up windows of The Barbary Coast bar as Florence blew into Wilmington.
Tropical Storm Florence dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and SC as it trudged inland on Saturday, knocking out power and causing at least eight deaths as flood waters that have devastated many communities kept rising. It is now at Category 1.
Millions of people are in the path of the Category 1 storm which on Thursday evening was moving west at only 6 miles per hour (9 km/h).
More than 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate and authorities urged them to get going before the streets become inundated. As of Saturday, about 676,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in SC. Weather forecasters also warn that the threat of tornadoes is increasing as the system draws closer to land. Additional crops, including all of North Carolina's cotton, remain to be harvested. It said it was located about 35 miles (55 km) west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and forecasters predicted a slow westward march.
At this time, a large northward drift along the coast is looking much less likely with Florence. Hurricane-force winds and inland flooding also is a concern.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned: "Don't relax, don't get complacent".
"There is going to be a lot of rain".
"We're a little anxious about the storm surge so we came down to see what the river is doing now", Smith said. "Our meteorologists are saying that the rainfall amounts will be devastating in certain areas", he said.
The National Weather Service is forecasting "significant" river flooding, especially in the northeastern portion of the state.
"This is a hurricane event followed by a flood event", said South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster. The rainfall will produce life-threatening flash flooding in Virginia and the Carolinas.
About 800 flights in the region were canceled ahead of the storm, CNN reported.
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Navarro said Thursday that that was because the president's tweets were politically damaging for those associated with him. Trump also bragged about his handling of Hurricane Maria past year and said the death toll has been inflated.
He said hurricane-force winds extended outward 80 miles from the center of the storm and tropical storm-force winds extended almost 200 miles out.
On the Outer Banks, some people are preparing to ride out the storm, despite an evacuation order.
Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland have declared states of emergency.
The White House on Saturday said President Donald Trump had approved making federal funding available in some counties.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 175 miles from the center of the storm.
A hurricane warning is in effect for South Santee River, SC, north to Duck, NC, and the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. Storm surges aren't walls of water, like a tsunami, as commonly thought.
The city of about 29,000, which was founded in the early 1700s and was briefly the state capital, is near the North Carolina coast and is bordered on the east and south, respectively, by two rivers.
Those waves were coming from the Neuse River, which is about 25 feet (8 meters) away, and downhill, from his house.
"Tropical storm conditions are expected to spread inland across the remainder of the warning area through Saturday", the NHC said. The storm is expected to linger, dumping several centimeters of rain in affected areas and causing widespread destruction.
Listen up, Mother Nature, we are not about to be hit by a hurricane without putting up a fight the best way we know how...by roasting the storm through the use of jokes on the internet. "A storm can come and wipe your house out overnight".
Joyce, which is about 1,040 miles from the Azores, is moving south-southwest near 7 mph. It's forecast to turn northeastward and accelerate in that direction over the weekend.