In New Bern, a riverfront city near North Carolina's coast, Bryan Moore and his nephew Logan did exactly what authorities warned against: they left their homes to go swimming in the floodwaters after having spent days at home without electricity or running water.
As a result of hurricane Florence, which was later weakened to the level of a tropical storm in the U.S. States of North and SC killed at least 11 people, reports the online edition of the Chronicle.info with reference to the Correspondent.
A mother and infant were killed in Wilmington, NC, when a tree fell on their house, WECT reported.
Hurricanes are not new to the United States.
Emergency management officials and nonprofit groups aren't waiting for Florence's rains to end or floodwaters to recede before starting to help people recover from the storm.
Rainfall in historic Swansboro, a tourist town on the coast dubbed the "friendly city by the sea", had the highest measured rainfall total at a whopping 34 inches.
Two Upper Cumberland Electric construction crews were sent to North Carolina to help with the expected electrical damage from the hurricane.
New Bern spokeswoman Colleen Roberts said 455 people had been rescued in the town of 30,000 residents without any serious injuries or deaths.
Coast Guard response teams have rescued 193 people and 91 pets. "We still have about 100 that want to be rescued and we have about 1,200 in the shelters", Mayor Dana Outlaw told CNN.
"The flood danger from this storm is more immediate today than when it. made landfall 24 hours ago", Cooper said Saturday morning.
During a driving rain, Maggie Belgie of The Cajun Navy, carries a child evacuating a flooding trailer community during Hurricane Florence in Lumberton, North Carolina, U.S. September 15, 2018.
"The fact that there haven't been more deaths and damage is fantastic and a blessing", said Rebekah Roth, walking around Wilmington's Winoca Terrace neighborhood.
A stretch of Interstate 95 was closed earlier Saturday and state Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon said more sections may close before flooding subsides. A husband and wife died in a storm-linked house fire, officials said, and an 81-year-old man died after falling while packing to evacuate. Local media said she suffered a heart attack. It's believed he died after he was blown down while going outside to check on his dogs.
Tropical Storm Florence is expected to weaken into a depression soon but flash flooding and major river flooding are expected to continue over significant portions of the Carolinas. As of Saturday, about 676,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in SC.
The White House said President Donald Trump approved making federal funding available in some affected counties.
At 2300 EDT (0300 GMT), the NHC said Florence had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 km), and was slowly drifting westward over SC.
The military announced Saturday it was deploying almost 200 soldiers to assist in storm-related response and recovery efforts, along with 100 trucks and equipment.
"Amazing. They did awesome", said Knox, who was stranded with seven others, including a boy carried out in a life vest.
Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, after stalking the coastline for days.