Mother and baby among dead as Hurricane Florence lashes United States coast

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Dana Outlaw, the mayor of New Bern, North Carolina, said on Fox News Channel Friday that about 150 residents will need to be rescued after severe flooding from Hurricane Florence.

The 63-year-old former firefighter says he was able to sleep through the torrential rain and thrashing winds when then-Hurricane Florence made landfall early Friday morning, only waking up to texts he received at 7 a.m. from friends checking up on him. The child's father was taken to a hospital.

But somewhat unbeknownst to them, there is another clip of the same segment showing those same two people walking on grass.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned people: "Today the threat becomes a reality". Cooper cited a National Weather Service forecast that said almost the entire state could be covered in several feet of water.

Once a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 140 miles per hour (225 kph), the hurricane was downgraded to a Category 1 on Thursday night.

Officials have warned that the life-threatening storm could come with maximum sustained wind speeds of 90mph and carries a risk of "catastrophic" flooding.

After days of watching and waiting for Hurricane Florence's arrival, the hurricane finally made landfall - as a Category 1 - in North Carolina early Friday.

Surges and flooding will reportedly continue as it lashes SC. "Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other risky conditions", the hurricane center briefing said. Calls for help kept coming in as the wind picked up and the tide arrived, said city public information officer Colleen Roberts. The company said that, in advance of the storm, it has shipped 1,000 truckloads of water, over 60,000 cases of batteries and 33 truckloads of personal generators. "These are folks who are maybe in one-story buildings and they're seeing the floodwaters rise".

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Some of the worst flooding was in New Bern, where authorities were enforcing a curfew.

Eudy and his family stayed home in New Bern partly to protect their house.

Once a Category-4 hurricane with winds of 225kph, the hurricane was downgraded to Category 1 on Thursday night.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse. He decided that if the water reached the house, he'd take the pets to the second floor. Local media said she had suffered a heart attack. Trump planned a visit to the region next week.

Meanwhile more than 630,000 homes and businesses were left without power by Friday afternoon.

Forecasters said conditions will deteriorate as the storm pushes ashore early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and makes its way slowly inland. It will likely weaken more on Friday, with "rapid weakening forecast over the weekend", the hurricane center said.

With Hurricane Florence pummeling the Eastern Seaboard, reporters are shooting outdoors in storm-drenched areas to show viewers at home just how serious the storm is.

"More people die from storm surge than any proponent of hurricanes", Kottlowsk tells TIME.

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