Death toll from Florence rises to 7, North Carolina officials say

Paul Anthony Menchaca.         Source Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

Paul Anthony Menchaca. Source Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

The child's injured father was taken to hospital.

Elsewhere in North Carolina, a man was knocked to the ground while outside and died. NBC news reported a woman called for help, but died of a heart attack because emergency crews were unable to reach her due to trees that had fallen in the road.

As Florence moves further inland over the coming days, the storm is expected to gradually weaken.

A man attached to a respiratory machine sits in a shelter run by Red Cross before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Grantsboro, N.C., September 13, 2018. Its forward movement was 6 miles per hour (9 kph). People were stuck in their cars, attics and rooftops, waiting for rescuers in boats. About 400 people have been rescued. By late afternoon, Beaufort County Manager Brian Alligood hoped the worst was over. "We have started to see the water recede". The eye moved from sea to land at Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina. While some meat processors shifted production to plants outside the storm's path, in other cases processing was put on hold altogether.

It is now a tropical storm with top sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph), but a gust of 112 miles per hour (180 kph) was reported just offshore.

Hurricane Florence has begun battering it's way through the North Carolina coastline with heavy rain and high winds in what people fear could lead to the deaths of "a lot of people". One was electrocuted while hooking up a generator and the other while checking on his dogs outside, emergency officials said. Police say a family of three was in a home on Mercer Avenue this morning around 9:30 when a tree fell into the property.

Power outages increased throughout Friday.

The White House declared a major disaster in the state and said Donald Trump would visit storm-affected areas next week.

Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it's unclear how many did.

Parts of North Carolina could see enough torrential rain to qualify as a thousand-year flood, said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. NY emergency workers reported rescuing elderly residents at a New River retirement community.

The hurricane center said the storm will eventually break up over the southern Appalachians and make a right hook to the northeast, its rainy remnants moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England by the middle of next week. "It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave". NEW BERN OVERWHELMEDIn New Bern, North Carolina, the storm surge "overwhelmed" the town, located at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers, Cooper said. "Major to record river flooding is likely through the upcoming week, especially for those basins that receive significant rainfall". "Hurricane Florence is going to continue its violent grind across our state for days". "For overall damage, it would be hard, at the end of the day, I think, to find a rival for this storm".

"The worst of the storm is over", Wright tells TIME.

"The fact that there haven't been more deaths and damage is fantastic and a blessing", said Rebekah Roth, walking around Wilmington's Winoca Terrace neighbourhood on Saturday.

Nearly 20,000 people had taken refuge in 157 emergency shelters, Mr Cooper said.

The floodwaters are expected to push many rivers to all-time-high levels and, toward the mountains of western North Carolina and southwest Virginia, may spur life-threatening landslides.

Others who chose to stay at home perhaps regretted their decision.

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