President Trump plans to visit Florence-impacted areas next week

President Trump plans to visit Florence-impacted areas next week

The hospital said it has received three injured patients. In the stateĀ“s Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris.

Two people died in Lenoir County. A 78-year-old man was electrocuted attempting to connect extension cords while another man perished when he was blown down by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs, a county spokesman said.

Roy Cooper, North Carolina Governor, said on Friday: "This storm is relentless and excruciating". Rescue crews have used boats to reach hundreds besieged by the rising waters. Maximum sustained winds remained at 50 miles per hour (80 kph).

It has now been downgraded to a tropical storm but continues to wreak havoc as heavy rain is flooding several areas in the south-west and winds continue to pull infrastructure apart.

Hundreds of people needed to be rescued after becoming trapped in their homes by a storm surge of up to 10 feet (three meters) in New Bern, a town of 30,000 in North Carolina at the confluence of the Trent and Neuse rivers.

Calls for help multiplied as the wind picked up and the tide rolled in.

Gov. Cooper said Friday, "As soon as it is safe, first responders will make sure they go and rescue people who need to be saved from this storm". "These are folks who are maybe in one-story buildings and they are seeing the floodwaters rise". "I've never seen this kind of damage here", a New Bern resident said. They ventured out in life jackets into the waste-deep water to tie the boat and another floating by to a tree.

"On the Atlantic coast, water levels from Wilmington, NC to Chesapeake Bay entrance are between 1.5 and 3.5 feet above normal tide levels", said NOAA in a report.

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The NHC described Florence as a "slow mover" and said it had the potential to dump historic amounts of rain on North and SC, as much as 40 inches (one meter) in some places. More than 60 people, including many children, were evacuated from a hotel in Jacksonville, North Carolina, after strong winds collapsed part of the roof. Numerous evacuees took their pets.

Rain forecasts show an additional 10 to 20 inches possible on top of the 10 to 20 inches that have already fallen.

The White House said Friday U.S. President Donald Trump will travel to areas hit by Hurricane Florence next week, once it has been determined that his travel would not disrupt any rescue or recovery efforts.

Mr Trump plans to visit the region next week. The man's family found his body Friday morning at his home, Dail said.

More than 760,000 customers in North Carolina were without power and 21,000 people were being housed in 157 shelters across the state.

Just a few minutes before the now-Category 1 storm made landfall, cameras on board the International Space Station managed to catch the mesmerising footage below. Significant weakening was expected over the weekend.

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".