Death toll rises to 11 as Florence pours on the rain

Waves slam the Oceana Pier and Pier House Restaurant in Atlantic Beach North Carolina as Hurricane Florence approached the area

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Rescue workers were able only to save her father.

At least four people have died since Hurricane Florence crashed into the coast Friday and almost stalled.

A mother and infant were killed in Wilmington, N.C. after a tree fell on a house there while the Category 1 hurricane throttled the eastern North Carolina coastline Friday morning.

As Hurricane Florence made landfall, it appeared many North Carolinians had listened.

The third death happened in Hampstead, Pender County when a woman had a medical emergency and EMS crews could not get to her due to the storm, according to Tom Collins, Director of Emergency Management.

The storm made landfall at Wrightsville Beach at 7:15 a.m., with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

By early afternoon, its winds had weakened to 75 miles per hour, just barely a hurricane and well below the storm's terrifying Category 4 peak of 140 miles per hour earlier in the week. One report was of a 10-foot surge in New Bern, North Carolina, the National Weather Service said.

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A woman named Bree tweeted: "If anybody could help. our cars is under water and so is our house stuck in attic". She retreated and was eventually rescued by a boat crew.

Stream gauges across the region showed water levels rising steadily, with forecasts calling for rivers to crest Sunday and Monday at or near record levels.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the US electricity sector has been well prepared for Hurricane Florence even as hundreds of thousands of homes lose power in the storm.

Cruise ships have diverted to Florida away from the storm's path, and some hotels are offering special discounts for evacuees. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions. Residents there have been dealing with flooded streets, downed trees and widespread power outages in the wake of Mangkhut.

Grounded: Nearly 2,400 flights canceled. In the Atlantic Ocean, the Azores could get gusty winds and heavy rains from Tropical Storm Helene this weekend, while Isaac regained tropical storm strength after earlier weakening in the Caribbean Sea.

"All evacuation orders from local officials should be followed because of this risky threat", the Weather Channel said. Residents mostly heeded police commands to stay home and off the streets.

Preparing for the worst, about 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians were deployed with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats that could be used to pluck people from the floodwaters.

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Warmer seas power hurricanes.

"It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave".

Officials had warned before the storm that the rains could risk tainting waterways with murky coal ash and toxic hog waste. Flooding also hit the Bogue Sound near Beaufort, the Pungo River at Belhaven and the Pamlico River at Washington.

"This storm is going to continue its violent grind across our state for days", Cooper said.

Florence's forward movement during the day slowed to a near-standstill - sometimes it was going no faster than a human can walk - and that enabled it to pile on the rain.

The personnel combined with other agencies to form the Tennessee EMS Ambulance Strike Team and the TEMA-Middle Tennessee Fire Chiefs swift-water rescue team.

Upriver along the Cape Fear is Carolina Transformer Co., a 5-acre (2-hectare) Superfund site in Fayetteville that also contains contaminated soil and groundwater contaminated with PCBs.

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