'Relentless rains' continue as Florence almost stalls over Carolinas

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Wilmington, on the banks of the Cape Fear River in North Carolina, was nearly completely cut off by land but emergency management teams managed to truck food and water overnight into the port city of 120,000 people.

As of 5:00 am (0900 GMT), maximum sustained winds had weakened to near 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour, but the NHC warned residents of risky storm surges and "catastrophic flash flooding".

At least five people have been killed in North and SC by Tropical Storm Florence.

At least 4 people killed, including mother and baby.

With tropical storm-force winds swirling 350 miles (560 kilometres) wide, Florence continued deluging the Carolinas on Saturday morning after pushing surging seas far ashore.

Florence will ultimately lose its tropical designation sometime Saturday, but the storm will continue be a danger as it starts to turn north by Sunday afternoon.

Images captured by Associated Press journalists show flooded streets, uprooted trees, stranded residents and recovery crews in the aftermaths of Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut.

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"The amount of water and the storm surge was very overwhelming", he said.

"This system is unloading an epic amount of rainfall: in some places, measured in feet, not inches".

In New Bern, North Carolina, the storm surge overwhelmed the town of 30,000 which is located at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers.

"What we want to try to do is to minimize the time that people spend in their shelters that they're in right now", Sprayberry said.

Almost 814,000 homes in North Carolina and 170,000 in SC are without power.

"Some of our beloved bears have wandered away", city officials tweeted next to a picture of the statue.

That's how hard the wind gusted in North Carolina's New River inlet.

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-A 61-year-old woman was killed late Friday when the vehicle she was driving struck a tree near the town of Union, South Carolina, Capt. Kelley Hughes of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said.

Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order lifting evacuation orders for Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester and the Edisto Beach area of Colleton County effective at noon Saturday.

County officials and business owners reported relatively minimal damage, and there were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths. "I love hurricanes. But this one has been an experience for me", she said. A husband and wife died in a house fire linked to the storm, officials said, and an 81-year-old man died after falling and hitting his head while packing to evacuate.

These are the first confirmed fatalities from the Category 1 hurricane, according to the Wilmington Police Department.

The storm's center is crawling over SC, but many of its main rain bands still are over already-saturated North Carolina - setting up what may be days of flooding for some communities.

- The weather service says the main impacts in the region will be high surf, risky rip currents and possible minor coastal flooding around high tide at the shore.

"Rivers are rising to risky levels, and the relentless rains will continue through the weekend", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned on Friday.

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