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Florence death toll rises to 5 amid massive deluge

Florence death toll rises to 5 amid massive deluge

"I think we're OK".

Other areas throughout the region reported flooded and impassable roads, downed trees and power lines and power outages of more than 125,000 customers.

Florence's death toll could rise as a number of deaths are being investigated to see if they were caused by the storm.

A mother and a baby were the storm's first victims, who were killed Friday when a tree collapsed on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina.

"Our hearts go out to the families of those who died in this storm", Cooper said in a statement. The family had 3 feet of water in their home, so they called for help, and it took 12 hours for rescuers to get to them.

"The fact that there haven't been more deaths and damage is awesome and a blessing", Rebekah Roth said yesterday while walking around Wilmington's Winoca Terrace neighborhood.

WILMINGTON, N.C., Sept 15 (Reuters) - Tropical storm Florence lumbered inland on Saturday, knocking down trees, flooding rivers, and dumping sheets of rain in the Carolinas where five people have died.

Members of Onslow County emergency look to see if a passenger was still in a vehicle that was overtaken by flooding on US Route 17 outside of Jacksonville, North Carolina on September 15, 2018 during Tropical Storm Florence.

Jacob Fernandez (left) and Josh Fernandez play around on the tree that fell near their home as Hurricane Florence passed through the area on Friday in Bolivia, N.C. Officials also said one person was electrocuted in Lenoir County while plugging in a generator in the rain, and a man died after being blown to the ground while checking on his hunting dogs.

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Authorities in SC reported one death, saying a woman was killed when her vehicle struck a fallen tree.

Trump previously declared states of emergency in North and SC, and Virginia.

Almost half a million people were evacuated from seven cities in Guangdong province, the gambling enclave of Macau closed down casinos for the first time and the Hong Kong Observatory told people to stay away from the Victoria Harbour, where storm surges battered the waterfront reinforced with sandbags.

Tropical Storm Florence hit the USA mid-Atlantic coast on Friday, triggering unsafe flooding, knocking out power in almost 900,000 homes and businesses, and causing at least eight deaths. "We face walls of water".

"The storm is wreaking havoc on our state, and we're deeply concerned for farms, for businesses, for schools and even for whole communities that might be wiped away", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said. As of Saturday afternoon, about 752,000 people remained without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in SC. That's enough water to fill the Chesapeake Bay or to cover the state of Texas in 4 inches. North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, had about 7 inches. That means the storm could easily drop 40 inches of rain in some spots.

A downed tree rests on a house during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of Wilson, North Carolina, on September 14, 2018.

The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) downgraded it to a tropical storm, but warned it would dump as much as 76cm to 102cm of rain on the south-eastern coast of North Carolina and parts of north-eastern SC.

In New Bern, at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers in North Carolina, the storm surge overwhelmed the town of 30,000. "Nobody expected this", a rescued resident, Tom Ballance, toldThe Weather Channel.