Mother, infant, among several killed by Hurricane Florence

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Florence made landfall Friday morning northeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, tearing off roofs with winds of over 70mph.

A second flash flood emergency is in effect for Carteret, Pamlico, Craven and Jones counties, North Carolina.

Elsewhere in the storm-ravaged state a man died plugging in a power cord, and a woman died from a heart attack after rescuers were unable to reach her home past downed trees.

Hurricane Florence has begun battering it's way through the North Carolina coastline with heavy rain and high winds in what people fear could lead to the deaths of "a lot of people". But there are still untold numbers of people who are still in their homes - and they may need help soon. That's down from a high of 140mph, but still expected to cause "life-threatening storm surge and rainfall".

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The vivid presentation - powered by the Unreal Engine, most commonly used in video games - seems likely to serve as a more pressing demonstration of the storm's threat than a mere written warning, and that's vitally important for folks in impacted areas.

- Authorities in the coastal city of New Bern were working with federal responders to rescue at least 150 residents who reported themselves stranded in Hurricane Florence's storm surge.

Its top sustained winds have dropped to 70 miles per hour (110 kph), and it's at a near standstill, moving west at just 3 miles per hour (6 kph). On the forecast track, the centre of the storm is expected to move inland across extreme southeastern North Carolina and extreme eastern South Carolina Friday and Saturday. The few cars out on a main street in Wilmington had to swerve to avoid fallen trees, metal debris and power lines. "The longer you have this hurricane wind flow, the longer you push that water well inland", he said.

On top of the potentially destructive hurricane, forecasters also put parts of North Carolina on tornado watch.

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"We're estimating we've rescued 150-200", New Bern Police Lt. David Daniels said early Friday morning.

"And it's just a Category 1 hurricane", Tarr said.

"I've never been one to leave for a storm but this one kind of had me spooked", he said.

Volunteers from the Civilian Crisis Response Team help rescue three children from their flooded home September 14, 2018 in James City, United States. Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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"We aren't going to try to restore power for quite some time, probably", Outlaw, the mayor, said.