Storm Florence: The impact in numbers

The father was taken to hospital with unspecified injuries. In the state´s Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris.

USA media later said a man in Lenoir County died after heavy winds knocked him down as he tried to check on his dogs.

Warning of the storm's continued threat to life, Governor Roy Cooper said: "More people now face imminent threat than when the storm was offshore".

Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon said Saturday that authorities were still assembling an alternate route for a 5-mile section of I-40 that is closed in both directions near the town of Warsaw, about 70 miles (115 kilometers) southeast of Raleigh. But Florence, a Category 1 when it hit, already had pounded coastal areas for hours.

And weather officials said more is coming, labeling as "extreme" the impacts from storm surge and flash flooding.

After blowing ashore as a hurricane with 90mph winds, Florence virtually parked itself much of the weekend over the Carolinas as it pulled warm water from the ocean and hurled it onshore.

A downed tree and water from the Neuse river are seen on a flooded street during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern, North Carolina, on September 14, 2018.

In Fayetteville, a North Carolina city of about 210,000 people about 90 miles inland, authorities told thousands of residents near the Cape Fear River and Little River to get out of their homes because of the flood risk.

Mandatory evacuation orders are in effect for many communities across the state.

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Residents of New Bern, NC and their dog are rescued from rising floodwaters caused by Hurricane Florence.

Florence's flooding claims a couple of cars and the first story of a house in New Bern, NC. "And we had no belief it would be as significant an event as it was, ” he said. “This is a 500- or 1,000-year event. ”Eudy´s family has lived in New Bern since the 1850s, he said".

He advised never to drive through still or moving water covering roadways - and not to return to hard-hit areas until given an official "all-clear".

Across the two states there are some 30,000 people staying in emergency shelters. Numerous evacuees took their pets. Trump plans a visit to the region next week.

"Hurricane Florence is powerful, slow and relentless", Cooper said.

About a million customers in the two states are without power, the New York Times reports.

Volunteers from all over North Carolina help rescue residents and their pets from their flooded homes during Hurricane Florence Sept. 14, 2018 in New Bern, North Carolina.

It is expected to weaken gradually as it moves inland, heading northwards through the OH valley by Monday. About 10 million people could be affected by the storm. "Catastrophic flooding, long term major river flooding, life-threatening storm surge, and wind damage are occurring or imminent".

As the United States dealt with Florence, a super typhoon made landfall in China's Guangdong on Sunday after barrelling past Hong Kong and Macau and killing at least 29 people in the Philippines.

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