Members of the North Carolina National Guard finish stacking sand bags under a highway overpass near the Lumber River which is expected to flood from Hurricane Florence's rain in Lumberton, North Carolina, on September 14, 2018. The storm was once a powerful Category 4 storm but became a slow-moving Category 1 storm when it made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina, on Friday.
By Saturday morning, top sustained winds had weakened to 50 mph as it moved farther inland at 2 mph about 35 miles west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 kilometers) from its center.
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"Dangerous storm surge could also affect portions of the northeast coast of SC coast today".
Shaken after seeing waves crashing on the Neuse River just outside his house in New Bern, restaurant owner and hurricane veteran Tom Ballance wished he had evacuated.
On the other side of the world, meanwhile, more than a dozen people have died as Typhoon Mangkhut rips through the Philippines.
The triple punch of falling rain, rising rivers and coastal storm surges was already triggering catastrophic floods.
Florence already has proven deadly with its almost nonstop rain, surging seawater and howling winds, and the threats are days from ending as remnants from what was a major hurricane swirl over the Carolinas.
Dolphins have been seen swimming close to the shoreline in high water caused by Hurricane Florence.
About 100 people still need to be rescued in New Bern, North Carolina, where some 4200 homes have been damaged, the mayor told CNN.
Water rescues continued as the remnants of Florence stalled over North Carolina, dumping several feet of rain and shattering records - and more was on the way. As of Saturday, Fayetteville has received 2.5 inches of rain but heavier rain are expected this afternoon, with more expected in the coming days, Doll said.
The National Hurricane Center said a gauge in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, reported 6.3 feet (1.92 meters) of inundation.
A mother and her eight-month-old baby were killed Friday when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from police in Wilmington, N.C. The father was transported to a hospital for treatment.
In the dark: About 900,000 outages as of Saturday morning, mostly in North Carolina.
The monster storm could dump drenching rains of up to one meter.
About 809,000 of those customers are North Carolina, and about 155,000 are in SC.
Water could reach as high as 5ft in some areas.
The mayor said the pier made it through the storm on Thursday but did not survive the rough surf on Friday. 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.