"Cameras outside the International Space Station captured views of Hurricane Florence on September 14 at 7:41 a.m. EDT minutes after the storm made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina packing winds of 90 miles an hour", NASA said in a video description.
NEW BERN OVERWHELMEDIn New Bern, North Carolina, the storm surge "overwhelmed" the town, located at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers, Cooper said.
The center of the hurricane´s eye came ashore at about 7:15 a. m. EDT (1115 GMT) near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, with sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
Florence has already dropped more than 30 inches of rain in some areas of the Carolina border.
Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and that restoring it could take weeks.
U.S. media said a fifth death may have occurred when a man tried to connect two extension cords in the rain. "If you've ever doubted the destructiveness of a hurricane, what's happening here will make you a believer". "We are stuck in the attic". The deaths also included that of a person killed while plugging in a generator, the governor's office said.
Florence remains a Category 1 storm, and it's spinning hurricane-force winds up to 70 miles from its center.
Food Lion, Bi-Lo, Aldi, Lidl, Kroger, Harris Teeter, Walmart and Publix were among the chains announcing temporary store closures in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia as Florence passes through the region. Although the storm is now a Category 1 hurricane, it is still dumping feet of rain over coastal communities.
"Into next week our rivers are going to continue to rise and there will be more significant flooding", Cooper said. New Bern police urged anyone who needs assistance or know of people who need assistance to call 911 operators and give specific details, like the person's name, location and possible phone numbers. More are expected, as the storm could bring winds up to 45 miles per hour around the area, according to Durham County emergency management officials.
Officials in New Bern said over 100 people were rescued from floods and the downtown was under water by Friday afternoon. Harris Teeter, a Kroger Co. subsidiary, announced closings for 24 stores in North Carolina and 18 stores in SC.
Municipal power agencies are reporting few outages, except New Bern, which had 17,820 customers without power, according to ElectriCities, the organization that supports the local power agencies. The Ahold Delhaize USA chain said on its website that it has temporarily shut 126 stores in North Carolina, 53 in SC and four in Virginia.
Sheets of rain splattered against windows of a hotel before daybreak in Wilmington, where Sandie Orsa of Wilmington sat in a lobby lit by emergency lights after the electricity went out. The coming storm surges and heavy rains will cause severe flooding that may submerge parts of the Carolinas in up to 40 inches of rain.
"(Its) very eerie, the wind howling, the rain blowing sideways, debris flying", said Orsa, who lives nearby and fears splintering trees will pummel her house.
More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it is not clear how many left.
More than 3,000 inmates at North Carolina prisons and juvenile detention centers were moved out of the storm's path.