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A woman and her baby were killed when a tree fell on their house and at least two other storm-related deaths were reported as Hurricane Florence slammed into the Carolinas, dousing the eastern USA states with torrential rain and causing rivers to burst their banks.

Forecasters said Florence's surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 3.4 metres of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than 0.9 metres of rain, touching off severe flooding.

Wilmington police confirmed Friday afternoon that a mother and infant were killed when a tree crashed through their home on Mercer Avenue.

This landfall has been a long time coming: The hurricane arrived more than two weeks after the National Hurricane Center issued its first advisory for the storm. The father was transported to a hospital for treatment.

Roy Cooper, governor for North Carolina, said: "The sun rose this morning on an extremely risky situation and it's going to get worse".

Satellites also continue to monitor Hurricane Florence as it passes over North Carolina to help meteorologists make more accurate predictions of how the storm will impact people living in the region.

Hurricane Florence, weakened but still risky, has crashed into the Carolinas on Friday as a giant, slow-moving storm that stranded residents with floodwaters and swamped part of the town of New Bern at the beginning of what could be a days-long deluge.

Inland flooding near New Bern, North Carolina caused by Hurricane Florence's storm surge as predicted by the ADCIRC computer model.

Hurricane Florence has weakened somewhat early Thursday as its outer bands approach the North Carolina coast, but weather officials cautioned that the storm will still bring life-threatening conditions.

"I built this house myself, so I'm not anxious at all, I know it's solid", he said.

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In the latest information from the National Hurricane Center , Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 event. In a 2 p.m. advisory, forecasters said sustained winds remained at 60 miles per hour , down from 75 miles per hour Monday.

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McIntosh notes that his peanuts are still in the field and very little of the SC peanut crop has been dug. Combined with high tides, the storm surge could swell as high as 12 feet.

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The deaths came as the storm was turning through the southeast part of the state, dumping more than 20 inches of rain in some communities.

The Neuse River floods the waterfront in New Bern, N.C., on September 14, 2018 during Hurricane Florence. "It could be out for a number of days". But with a storm surge putting pressure on water to head back inland and heavy rains swelling those rivers, widespread flooding is the result. Calls for help multiplied as the wind picked up and the tide rolled in.

A few others were venturing out on the streets even though gusts of strong wind occasionally knocked them sideways. Expert scientists, however, had said they were anxious about Brunswick because of scant public information about its readiness.

"The only difference is, back then it was within 14 days", he said.

One of the rescuers in New Bern was Jason Weinmann, a retired Marine who has a military troop transport vehicle he bought at a government auction.

More than 2,700 people took refuge at shelters, according to Horry County Spokesperson Kelly Moore. Local media said she had suffered a heart attack.

"It was pretty bad".

About150 people were awaiting rescue in New Bern, N.C. early Friday morning, and multiple news outlets report some 60 people had to be evacuated from a motel in Jacksonville, N.C. overnight after it sustained structural damage as the Category 1 hurricane made landfall.

"About 11:30, 12 (midnight), the water came into the house".

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