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.
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, â€ he said. â€œThis is a 500- or 1,000-year event. â€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 Timesreports.
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.
The minister, however, resumed in her office this morning and it is unclear when the reported resignation will take effect. The dual Nigerian and British national did not initially comment on the claims, leading to criticism from her opponents.
These are the best moments from Hurricane Florence that has captured the hearts in not only the Carolinas but across the nation. In New Bern, along the coast, homes were completely surrounded by water, and rescuers used inflatable boats to reach people.
She told police it wasn't until she turned on the lights that she realized she was in the wrong apartment, an affidavit said. The warrant does not say who it belongs to, but Merritt said "it has so little relevance" that it doesn't matter.
Booth said it was a quiet day at the beach, and he saw some people boogie-boarding before he noticed some commotion in the water. For the first time in over 80 years, a MA man has died after a violent shark attack that happened off the shores of Cape Cod.
NOAA Hurricane Hunters have been flying constantly from Lakeland Linder International Airport, right into Hurricane Florence . But his partner, Emily Whisler, said she will stay at the university where she is a resident in the psychiatry program.
At the front of the room, three screens showed storm maps and news coverage of Category 4 hurricane's path. Waffle House stays open 24 hours a day, so when it closes , that's when you know a storm is very unsafe .
Former Tottenham and Manchester United forward Dimitar Berbatov has backed Liverpool to come out victorious this weekend. We have to do that, to rotate. "This is the best Liverpool team since they won the league", he said.
The veteran has also bagged 62 goals for his country. "I am happy for Toronto because they will be remembered as my 500th victim". Galaxy were 3-0 down at the time but his goal sparked a comeback as they drew level before finally losing 5-3.
Alleged Razer Phone 2 rendering shows up online
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Storm Florence weakens but epic rains still expected on U.S
It was downgraded to Category 1 before coming ashore on Friday near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina. More than 800,000 homes and businesses have lost power and Mr Cooper said the danger from flooding would linger for days.
Hazard 'maybe' the best in Europe, says Chelsea boss Sarri
A shaken Chelsea set about their recovery through the tentative steps of Mateo Kovacic botching two one-on-one situations. Racing on to World Cup-winner Giroud's flick, Hazard scampered past Joe Bennett and drilled home the leveller.
Border Patrol agent arrested, accused of killing four women
But the spokesperson referred all other questions to authorities in Webb County and the Texas Department of Public Safety. A US Border Patrol agent has been arrested in the state of Texas on suspicion of killing four prostitutes, reports say.