First deaths reported from Hurricane Florence after Wilmington home collapses

Jacob Harrelson and his wife Beth Harrelson install protective plywood on a local business in anticipation of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington N.C. on Wednesday

As of Thursday morning, forecast models showed the storm bringing more rain than originally thought - officials now predict 35 inches of rain will fall in a two-day period as Florence, now a Category 2 storm with 115 miles per hour sustained winds, will stall over Wilmington after making landfall early Friday morning. "The father was transported to (New Hanover Regional Medical Center) with injuries".

The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump had spoken with state and local officials, assuring them the federal government was prepared to help.

As rescuers battled strong winds and debris-filled floodwaters to pluck hundreds of stranded people from their homes, officials confirmed at least three deaths from the monster storm, while USA media reported a fourth.

Its whistling winds and "catastrophic" flooding moved into Horry County and was due to dump at least 12 to 16 more inches of rain heading into Friday night.

And about 46 miles farther up the waterfront, in New Bern, about 150 people were waiting to be rescued from floods on the Neuse River, WXII-TV reported.

A buoy off the North Carolina coast recorded waves almost 30 feet (9 meters) high as Florence churned toward shore.

Colleen Roberts, public information officer for the city of about 30,000 residents, told Fox News that 200 people had been rescued so far as the Category 1 storm battered the area with strong winds and a life-threatening surge.

Parts of North Carolina could see enough torrential rain to qualify as a thousand-year flood, said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. "Florence may be weakening but will have a large storm surge".

In Wilmington, near where the eye of the hurricane touched down, trees and power lines were down and many windows had been broken.

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Cooper said Florence was set to cover nearly all of North Carolina in several feet of water.

Video reports from several towns in the Carolinas showed emergency personnel wading through rippling thigh-high floodwaters in residential neighborhoods. Hurricane Florence will slow down as it approaches the coast and moves inland.

Cooper said 108 shelters are open across the state, with more than 7,000 people already staying at them, as of Thursday afternoon.

The National Hurricane Centre downgraded it to a tropical storm on Friday, but warned it would dump as much as 70 to 100 centimetres of rain on the coasts of North and SC.

At the moment, there are no projected tropical storms in the seven-day forecast, said meteorologist Eswar Iyer of the National Weather Service's office in Wakefield. Although the storm is now a Category 1 hurricane, it is still dumping feet of rain over coastal communities.

Florence was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticised as slow and unprepared a year ago for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where the death toll was put at almost 3,000.

Forecasters warned that drenching rains of 30 centimetres to 1 metre as the hurricane-turned-tropical storm crawls westward across North and SC could trigger epic flooding well inland over the next few days.

This landfall has been a long time coming: The hurricane arrived more than two weeks after the National Hurricane Center issued its first advisory for the storm.

More than 700,000 people were left without power and millions more were warned by the governor of North Carolina that they were facing "an extremely risky situation".

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