Forecasters have issued what they call a a flash flood emergency, saying areas of surrounding Carteret County are flooding that have never flooded before. The National Hurricane Center says Florence is producing tropical storm-force wind gusts in Florence, South Carolina, about 60 miles from the coast.
Florence plowed into the Carolinas and lumbered slowly inland on Friday, knocking down trees, gorging rivers, dumping sheets of rain and leaving five people dead before it was downgraded to a tropical storm still capable of wreaking havoc.
Two people died in Lenoir County. A 78-year-old man was electrocuted attempting to connect extension cords while another man perished when he was blown down by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs, a county spokesman said.
Hurricane Florence is bringing widespread flooding, heavy rains and strong winds to many coastal areas of North and SC.
The hurricane center predicts as much as 101 centimeters (40 inches) of rain for some parts of North Carolina.
Hurricane Florence made landfall as a Category 1 storm at 7:15 am (1115 GMT) in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, after stalking the Carolina coast for days.
"It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave", said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.
Trump is expected to travel to the storm-ravaged region "by early to middle of next week, once it is determined his travel will not disrupt any rescue or recovery efforts", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Friday.
More than 12,000 people were in shelters in North Carolina and 400 in Virginia, where the forecast was less dire.
New Bern resident Dan Eudy said he and his brother were awakened on Thursday night by the sound of a boat ramming against his front porch. The storm is moving west at 5 miles per hour and a slow westward movement will continue across extreme eastern SC through Saturday.
A police spokesperson told the news station that the family-of-three were trapped in the Wilmington home.