He said 20,000 people were being housed in 157 shelters across the state. Trump, who spoke with state and local officials on Friday, plans a visit to the region next week.
Meanwhile, a mother and her infant were killed when a tree fell on their house in Wilmington, North Carolina, the first reported fatalities from Hurricane Florence, police said. The child's father sustained injuries in the incident and was taken to the hospital.
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EMS services could not get to the woman due to the storm, marking the third Florence-related death since the storm began hitting the North Carolina coastline.
According to Duplin County Sherriff Blake Wallace, two of the deaths happened outside of Kenansville, while the third happened in Kornegay. Two septuagenarians died in Kinston in separate incidents, according to authorities.
A 68-year-old man was electrocuted at a residence on Silver Smith Circle Friday morning when he was trying to connect two extension cords outside in the rain.
In the town of Hampstead, emergency responders going to a call for cardiac arrest Friday morning found their path blocked by downed trees. Police believe he had gone outside to check on his hunting dogs and was blown down by the wind.
Woman dies after crashing into fallen tree in S.C.
Duke Energy reported about 6,200 customers were without power in the Charlotte area by 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Forecasters say it is especially risky after dark because people trying to escape may not realize how deep flood water is on roads. Eudy said his family stayed in their home partly to protect their house.
Carolina Braces for Florence Storm Surge
Cheryl Browning lives with her husband and son, who has terminal cancer, in Richlands, North Carolina. Other residents have told CNN they're not evacuating because emergency shelters won't accept pets.
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Hurricane Florence is inching along after making landfall in North Carolina, trapping people in flooded homes and promising days of destruction and human suffering to come.
Members of the Boone County Fire Rescue team check for occupants of a home in Bolivia, North Carolina.
There have been 11 deaths in North Carolina and three in SC linked to Hurricane Florence. No other information was given.
"It's getting worse", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said late Friday morning.
"This storm is going to continue its violent grind across our state for days", he said. "Be extremely careful and stay alert". Expert scientists, however, had said they were anxious about Brunswick because of scant public information about its readiness.
Others around the state are taking shelter.
Hurricane Florence lumbered ashore in North Carolina with howling 90 miles per hour winds and terrifying storm surge early Friday, splintering buildings and trapping hundreds of people in high water as it settled in for what could be a long and extraordinarily destructive drenching.
More than a day after Florence's eye passed through southeastern North Carolina, a slower, and potentially more destructive threat emerged: pounding rains and a storm surge that pushed rivers over their banks, overflowing into small inland towns.
The hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm on Friday evening, and the National Weather Servicesaid early Saturday that it was "slowly weakening".
By 11 a.m. (1500 GMT) the winds had dropped to 80 miles per hour and the center was about 3.1 kilometers inland, 30 kilometers southwest of Wilmington, and moving west at a sluggish 5 kph.
The storm made landfall in Wilmington, North Carolina, in the gloom of dawn Friday as a Category 1 hurricane.
We continue to let everyone know to not take this lightly. "It's been really nice", Nicole Roland said. As of now, Florence is due to make landfall very early Friday morning, somewhere in the Carolinas.
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Nationwide, more than 1,245 flights have been cancelled through Friday , according to flight tracking site FlightAware.com. Overall, Florence is approximately400 miles in diameter, according to The Associated Press in a report on September 13.
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Emergency officials warned residents that the peril had probably not passed, as the storm continued to dump torrential rain. Its top sustained winds have dropped to 70km/h and it's at a near standstill, moving west at just 6 km/h.
Hurricane-force winds were blowing 80 miles from its centre, and tropical storm force winds reached up to 195 miles from the eye. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said.
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Hurricane Florence , the Category 2 storm heading straight for my parents' SC house, has the country on high alert. Three feet of storm surge moving onto the coastline will result in higher tides and higher water moving onshore.