Police in Wilmington, North Carolina, near where the hurricane made landfall, said a mother and her infant were killed when a tree fell on their house.
WITN is reporting two people were killed in Lenoir County.
A 68-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. And a man was knocked to the ground while outside and died, authorities said.
Perry says his department has been in contact with power companies and gas pipeline operators. However, instead of rainfall spread over 14 days, Florence will dump it all in three days. "Be extremely careful and stay alert".
Craven County emergency crews put out the message to people stranded to shelter in place, as 150 people were waiting for help before midnight Thursday.
"The shelters are not taking dogs", Ramirez said.
Sixteen people, including an infant, were killed as Florence battered the coast off North and SC on Friday and into Saturday. As the storm sat along the edge of the Atlantic, some stretches along the coastal Carolinas received close to 20 inches of rain. Florence was eventually downgraded to a tropical storm.
Emerald Isle is about 84 miles north of Wilmington, North Carolina.
"Our hearts go out to the families of those who died in this storm", Cooper said in a statement. "Thank you to those who evacuated and prepared".
"I will suggest to you that the spirits of our evacuees are relatively high", said New Hanover County Manager Chris Coudriet.
Florence weakens to depression, flood risk rises
Along with this projection, NHC warned of "life-threatening" storm surges and floods throughout both North Carolina and SC . McMaster had ordered residents in most of the state's coastal counties to evacuate ahead of Florence's arrival.
Also Thursday, Cooper requested a presidential disaster declaration to expedite the process of receiving federal aid for cleanup and recovery. And while President Trump and FEMA officials insist they're ready this time, there have already been missteps that have some believing the agency's confidence may be misplaced.
Florence's storm surge and the prospect of 1 to 3½ feet of rain were considered a bigger threat than its winds, which dropped off from an alarming 140 miles per hour earlier in the week.
Thousands across the state have already lost electricity, with much more expected as Florence encroaches. Mostly, Florence figures to be a huge rainmaker with extensive flooding.
For people living inland in the Carolinas, the moment of maximum peril from flash flooding could arrive days later, because it takes time for rainwater to drain into rivers.
The storm is forecast to dump about 18 trillion gallons of rainwater on U.S. soil, most of it in North Carolina, meteorologist Ryan Maue tweeted.
When Florence hit as a Category 1 hurricane early Friday, the community's rivers swelled, tides crested and the rain wouldn't stop.
The bulk of the rain is expected to hit the immediate area on Saturday and Sunday. In the timeline below, we overview the supply chain effects of the storm. In fact, many closings and cancellations have been extended to include Monday.
Residents reached out for help through the night by phone and on social media. "Trees are blowing down in the wind". "Have plenty of water, food, batteries, candles and flashlights in case of power outages".
These types of slow-moving storms - like Hurricane Harvey - can be particularly unsafe because of the rain and flooding they can bring. "If we experience power outages, electric crews will begin repairs as soon as unsafe conditions abate". In fact, this is a very common area for them to affect. The rivers are in most cases several days from cresting. Park facilities will reopen once damage has been assessed and are safe to open.