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Trump declares disaster in 8 North Carolina counties

People braved the rain to put sandbags in Lumberton North Carolina.               CBS News People braved the rain to put sandbags in Lumberton North Carolina. CBS News
Adrian Cunningham | 16 September, 2018, 06:05

The father was hospitalized with injuries. Meanwhile, two men can be seen in the background strolling casually with no effort in the rain. It came ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline. People were stuck in their cars, attics and rooftops, waiting for rescuers in boats.

A friend later tweeted that the woman and her family had been rescued.

A video of a United States weather reporter channel made rounds on the social media, showing him apparently exaggerating the force of Hurricane Florence, but the same live coverage showed it was not actually the case.

"It has slowed", he said. "We have started to see the water recede".

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

It is now a tropical storm with top sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph), but a gust of 112 miles per hour (180 kph) was reported just offshore.

The Washington Post reports that, according to preliminary reports submitted to the National Weather Service, Florence's 30 inches of rainfall in North Carolina has broken the statewide rainfall record set by Hurricane Floyd in 1999 of 24.06 inches.

Eduardo Munoz / Reuters A downed tree rests on a house during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of Wilson, North Carolina. The crews tried to move the debris with a front loader, but a tree went through the windshield, causing further delays, the officials said.

Power outages increased throughout Friday.

There were 974,000 homes in the Carolinas without power on Saturday morning. A town spokesman said between 60 and 75 people were awaiting rescue on Saturday.

The Triangle is under a flash flood warning until 8 p.m. Sunday.

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As Florence moves closer to the southeastern coast of the USA , the storm appears likely to strengthen, forecasters said. USA shipments to Japan will also rise to a record average of at least 134,000 bpd, the data showed.

Hitting North Carolina on Friday, Hurricane Florence has slowed right down in its path, meaning the Carolinas are facing the brunt of the storm conditions.

While the Outer Banks made it past Florence fairly unscathed, scientists say they remain incredibly vulnerable to future storms and climate change.

"It costs to leave", Glover, who also founded the environmental justice organization Sol Nation, continued. His mom remembers Hurricane Hazel, when the water did not rise as high as his fifth step, where it was Thursday night.

He said flooding will continue for days and the full magnitude of the hurricane is unknown. Five hundred National Guard troops had responded to calls by 11 a.m. Friday.

Still, he said: "I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth". He said the gust was the strongest recorded in Wilmington since 1958.

More than 360 people had been rescued by midafternoon Friday, but another 140 were still waiting for help, city spokeswoman Colleen Roberts said.

In the dark: About 900,000 outages as of Saturday morning, mostly in North Carolina.

Others who chose to stay at home perhaps regretted their decision.

"Life-threatening, catastrophic flash floods and prolonged significant river flooding are likely over portions of the Carolinas and the southern to central Appalachians from western North Carolina into southwest Virginia through early next week". Additional swiftwater rescue teams were on the way.

"Sooner or later we need to get out of there", Orrin H. Pilkey, a professor emeritus of geology at Duke University, told The Associated Press before the storm hit.