Florence moves out of area

The shelter of a petrol station lies on the ground in Wilmington

"Life-threatening storm surge will continue along portions of the North Carolina coast through today, and also along the Neuse and Pamlico Sound, where rainfall and fresh water flooding will also contribute to high water levels", the update read.

"Hurricane Florence is powerful, slow and relentless", North Carolina governor Roy Cooper said.

Storm Florence may have weakened but the full extent of the damage it has wreaked may not become clear for days. It continues to chug west, slowing down from 5 miles per hour to 2 miles per hour.

Rising water forced a North Carolina TV station to evacuate its newsroom in the middle of Hurricane Florence coverage. Its winds were down to 45 miles per hour (75 kph). As of 5 a.m. Saturday, the storm's center was about 35 miles west of Myrtle Beach, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Cooper warned: "Don't drive through water, no matter how confident you feel or how much you want to get out of the house". More than 360 people have been carried to safety since Thursday night amid rising waters. Dozens more were pulled from a collapsed hotel. "People that live in flood-prone areas near creeks and rivers need to be prepared".

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) downgraded it to a tropical storm on Friday, but warned it would dump as much as 30 to 40 inches (76-102 cm) of rain on the southeastern coast of North Carolina and part of northeastern SC.

Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a tropical storm but flooding and heavy rain are still a danger to residents of the Carolinas, weather officials say.

SC authorities said law enforcement officers were guarding against looting in evacuated areas, while Wilmington set a curfew on Saturday evening in response to looting in one area.

The flooding soon spread into SC, swamping places like North Myrtle Beach, in a resort area known for its white sands and multitude of golf courses.

The city of about 29,000, which was founded in the early 1700s, is near the North Carolina coast and is bordered on the east and south, respectively, by two rivers.

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Officials in New Bern, which dates to the early 18th century, said more than 100 people were rescued from floods and the downtown area was under water by Friday afternoon.

"We're in God's hands", said Rick Foreman, pastor at West Lumberton Baptist Church, as the Lumber River steadily rose Friday and local residents filled sandbags.

"Surviving this storm will be a test of endurance, teamwork, common sense and patience".

According to Gov. Cooper, rescue operations are underway across the state.

More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters. In South Carolina there were 7,000 people staying in shelters.

Prisoners were affected, too. Over a million residents in North Carolina are now without power and authorities have confirmed at least five deaths. A town spokesman said between 60 and 75 people were awaiting rescue on Saturday.

Duke Energy Corp, the area's biggest utility with more than 4 million customers, estimated the storm could cause between 1 million and 3 million outages.

Calls for help multiplied as the wind picked up and the tide rolled in. Ocean water flowed between homes and on to streets on the Outer Banks; waves crashed against wooden fishing piers. It happened in the coastal town of Swansboro.

A buoy off the North Carolina coast recorded waves almost 30 feet (9 meters) high as Florence churned toward shore. The Category 1 storm is expected to move further across parts of North Carolina and South Carolina Friday and Saturday.

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