The center of the storm is over eastern SC, but rain is continuing to fall throughout the state and is particularly heavy in the southern counties. "There is probably not a county or a person that will not be affected in some way by this very massive and violent storm".
Hurricane Florence on Friday claimed its first fatalities, including a mother and her baby, as the monster storm walloped the US East Coast and parked over the Carolinas, threatening days of torrential rain and severe flooding. The father was hospitalized with injuries. A woman in Pender County, North Carolina, died from a heart attack after calling emergency services, as paramedics could not reach her because of fallen trees.
On social media, residents have suggested donating to local school sports teams or high school band programs, but York County Public Schools have not made an official request for supplies, spokeswoman Katherine Goff said.
A 78-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 New Bern, North Carolina, the storm surge overwhelmed the town of 30,000, located at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers.
Resident Jay Manning said he and his wife watched with alarm as water filled the street. As of 1 p.m. ET, the storm's sustained winds dropped to 75 miles per hour as it wobbled west-southwestward near the coast, delaying its expected move inland, the National Hurricane Center said. "My wife's in a panic right now".
Eudy and his family stayed home in New Bern partly to protect their house.
"The fact is this storm is deadly and we know we are days away from an ending", Cooper said.
The storm was a risky Category 4 hurricane Wednesday but was downgraded Thursday night to a Category 1 storm.
Florence's center may linger for another whole day along coastal North and SC - punishing homes with crushing winds and floods and endangering those who've stayed behind.
Right now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center is predicting that Florence will become a tropical storm tomorrow (Sept. 15) over SC, continue northwest to eastern Kentucky, then swing northeast and track over most of New England early next week.
The storm is likely to bring significant rain to the Carolinas, where some places could see upwards of 20 inches, the update said. Trump planned a visit to the region next week. According to forecasters, the center of Florence is expected to hit North Carolina's southern coast Friday, then drift southwest before moving inland on Saturday.
Tropical Storm Florence is continuing to drop torrential rain across the state as the system moves into SC.
And while Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm Friday afternoon, meteorologists predict heavy rain - up to 2 feet of rain when all is said and done - will continue into the weekend.
Florence is one of four named storms in the Atlantic.