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The father was hospitalized with injuries. When they got to the home, the woman was deceased, Chad McEwen, assistant county manager for Pender County, said.

Baker picked that shelter - one of the five shelters operated by New Hanover County, which so far have housed a total of more than 500 people - partly because it let him bring his cat.

In Kinston, more than an hour's drive inland from the coast, Lenoir County spokesman Bryan Hanks said a man was electrocuted as he attempted to connect extension cords outside in the rain.

At a briefing, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said the risk of fatality will only grow when people venture out once the winds die down. The National Weather Center upgraded Subtropical Storm Joyce to Tropical Storm Joyce in its 11 p.m. Thursday update. Though forecasters later downgraded Florence to a tropical storm, the monster system is barely moving over the Carolinas and could dump drenching rains of up to 3½ feet (1 meter).

"Hurricane Florence is powerful, slow and relentless", he said.

By Friday evening, the centre of the storm had moved to eastern SC, about 15 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. So far there have been no reports of casualties or major damage in the affected region. Though there have been thousands of people evacuated, some have remained in the areas. "These are folks who are maybe in one-story buildings and they're seeing the floodwaters rise".

"If it happened to me, if I was in such peril at anytime, I would want somebody to offer to help me, because there are so many people that have so much, and then there are those that have nothing", Shell said.

Eudy and his family stayed home in New Bern in part to protect their house. She said that count is expected to increase significantly.

SC authorities said law enforcement officers were guarding against looting in evacuated areas, while Wilmington set a curfew on Saturday evening in response to looting in one area. The number of people still not rescued fell to about 40 by Friday afternoon, according to New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw.

Eighteen people, including two infants, were killed as Florence battered the coast off North and SC on Friday and into the weekend.

Atlantic Beach, located on the state's Outer Banks barrier islands, had received 30 inches (76 cm) of rain, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The body of the 78-year-old man was discovered by family members Friday morning.

If Florence doesn't wipe out oceanfront homes perched on stilts along the Carolinas coast, rising sea levels will. Florence lashed low-lying barrier islands that experience some of the fastest rates of sea level rise observed anywhere in the world, almost an inch a year. Duke Energy said late Friday that it anticipates 1 million to 3 million outages in the Carolinas, and that full power restoration could take weeks. Hurricane-force winds were extending out up to 80 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extended up to 195 miles, the center said. The Carteret Country Sheriff's Department confirmed that these two deaths initially reported as a result of Florence were a result of an apparent murder-suicide. Super Typhoon Mangkhut was expected to hit an area in the Philippines on Saturday that would affect 5.2 million people.