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

North Carolina Army National Guard soldiers were sent to a home along the 100 block of El Nora Lane in Otway, North Carolina, on Friday in reference to two deaths there.

The military announced Saturday morning it was deploying almost 200 soldiers to assist in Hurricane Florence response and recovery efforts, along with 100 trucks and equipment. "You're going to have flooding miles and miles inland", the center's director, Ken Graham, said.

A mother and her infant are dead after a tree fell on their house in Wilmington. Electricity remained out for much of the city, with power lines lying across many roads like wet strands of spaghetti.

"The fact that there haven't been more deaths and damage is incredible and a blessing", said Rebekah Roth, walking around Wilmington's Winoca Terrace neighborhood. According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm will travel through upstate SC, be downgraded to a tropical depression, then turn north toward the Ohio Valley.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence's top sustained winds were holding at 45 miles per hour (75 kph), with higher gusts east of the storm's center. An estimated 772,000 people remained without power in North Carolina, 172,000 in SC.

Forecasters say prolonged rainfall from Florence could produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding.

"Most storm-related deaths occur from drowning in floodwaters", a press release stated.

We moved all the furniture up in case the water comes in but the water seems to be staying at the edge of the driveway, he said, adding that if the wind picks up and the rain keeps coming, that could change. Although the storm is passing north of Myrtle Beach, the concern now is that river water from North Carolina will flow into the area and combine with all the water that is already there.

The weather event has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm but forecasters still warn of life-threatening storm surges.

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About 10 million people could be affected by the storm. The child's father was taken to a hospital.

Two people were killed in Lenoir County, according to Emergency Services Director Roger Dail during the storm. The deaths were among the first recorded fatalities from the storm, which also killed a 77-year-old man who was knocked over by wind after going outside to check on his dogs.

In New Bern, at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers in North Carolina, the storm surge overwhelmed the town of 30,000.

The 18th century town, with a population of 30,000, has been badly flooded, with 4,200 homes damaged. She was eventually rescued by a boat crew; 140 more awaited help. "I love hurricanes. But this one has been an experience for me", she said.

Some local residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit early on Friday. Local media said she had suffered a heart attack.

The NWS says southern and central portions of North Carolina into far northeast SC are expected to report an additional 10 to 15 inches of rainfall - with storm totals between 30 and 40 inches along the coastal areas south of Cape Hatteras.

"The cost to SC, if that happens, if the storm continues the way it is going, could be in the billions", Dahler said.

More than 20,000 people were in 157 shelters in North Carolina, with 7,000 in SC shelters.

About 20,000 people hunkered down in 157 schools, shelters and a coliseum in Winston-Salem.

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