Hurricane Florence death toll reported to have risen to at least 13

'It Looks Like a Battlefield': Man Trapped in Home By Florence Speaks With 'Fox & Friends'

Fayetteville is the sixth-largest city in the state with 205,000 people.

According to Gov. Cooper, rescue operations are underway across the state. Weather conditions prevented them from getting as far east as Wilmington.

"Honestly, I'm not sure" why some people refused to follow evacuation orders, David Cotton, county manager for North Carolina's Onslow County, told "Good Morning America" on Saturday. The resulting flooding forced swift-water rescues and left several people dead.

He says there have been no reports of injuries or fatalities in Columbus County from the storm.

The death toll from the hurricane-turned-tropical storm climbed to 11.

In Goldsboro, North Carolina, home of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, roads that frequently flood were already closed Saturday by rushing water.

The driver and another passenger were able to escape.

"Our hearts go out to the families of those who died in this storm", Cooper said in a statement.

"Amazing. They did awesome", said Knox, who was stranded with seven others.

Schultz has a lead role in responding to Florence. "By tomorrow we should see it move out of that area, but what time tomorrow is very uncertain".

He also notes that the affected areas are looking at a "long-term recovery".

More than 900 people were rescued from rising floodwaters and 15,000 remained in shelters in the state, Cooper said.

Three died in one inland county, Duplin, because of water on roads and flash floods, authorities said.

In New Bern, swift water boat teams rescued almost 500 people who chose to wait out Florence, some scrambling into their upper floors, attics and even roofs to escape shockingly fast floodwaters.

Warner says a complete dam failure is not expected. Although more than $740 million in federal, state and local funds have been spent to address Matthew's damages, state officials are still working to distribute $236 million allocated by the federal government previous year to help reimburse or pay for extensive home repairs.

That's how hard the wind gusted in North Carolina's New River Inlet.

The storm made landfall in Wilmington, North Carolina, in the gloom of dawn Friday as a Category 1 hurricane.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the tweet said.

In South Carolina's Myrtle Beach, Victor Shamah, the owner of The Bowery bar, chose to open because people 'wanted to eat, they didn't have any place to eat.

The number of service members deployed include 7,500 from the US Coast Guard and 6,500 from the National Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said. "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 National Weather Service warned of a "catastrophic, life-threatening flash flooding risk" in much of North Carolina, northern SC and southwest Virginia on Sunday.

A sailboat is shoved up against a house and a collapsed garage on Saturday after heavy wind and rain from Florence in New Bern.

Florence crashed ashore Friday morning in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane, and it has wiped out power to about 796,000 customers in that state and SC, reports CNN.

The floodwaters are expected to push many rivers to all-time highs and, toward the mountains of western North Carolina and southwestern Virginia, could spur life-threatening landslides.

At 2 a.m. Sunday, Florence was about 25 miles (45 kilometers) southeast of Columbia, South Carolina. Its winds were down to 35 miles per hour (55 kph).

North Carolina is bracing for what could be the next stage of the still-unfolding disaster: widespread, catastrophic river flooding from Florence.

"It's the rain that effects and can kill you more than the wind can in a hurricane".

Pfaff said Eastern North Carolina residents can expect flash flooding over the course of the day Saturday.

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