A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from Wilmington police. The child´s injured father was taken to a hospital. In Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris.
Three died in one inland county, Duplin, because of water on roads and flash floods, the sheriff's office said.
A 78-year-old man in Kinston, North Carolina, was electrocuted when he tried to connect two extension cords outside in the rain, according to Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Roger Dail.
In total, Florence is forecast to dump about18 trillion gallons of rain over North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Maryland before the storm is over.
As of 11 p.m., Florence was centered about 40 miles (65 kilometers) east-southeast of Columbia, South Carolina, crawling west at 3 mph (6 kph) - not even as fast as a person walking.More news: Border Patrol Agent Arrested in Texas in Connection With 4 Killings, Kidnapping
WILMINGTON, N.C., Sept 15 (Reuters) - Tropical storm Florence lumbered inland on Saturday, knocking down trees, flooding rivers, and dumping sheets of rain in the Carolinas where five people have died.
New Bern spokeswoman Colleen Roberts said 455 people in all were rescued in the town of 30,000 residents without any serious injuries or deaths.
Calls for help multiplied as the wind picked up and the tide rolled in. "These are folks who made a decision to stay and ride out the storm for whatever reason, despite having a mandatory evacuation", city public information officer Colleen Roberts said.
New Bern resident Dan Eudy said he and his brother were awakened on Thursday night by the sound of a boat ramming against his front porch.
"Maybe the communities of color that are expected to feel the greatest burden of a disaster like this don't have time to have a conversation like this with the media because they're fighting for their lives, they're fighting for their very survival", she said. "We got thrown into mailboxes, houses, trees", said Holt, who had stayed at home because of a doctor's appointment that was later cancelled. "When a hurricane like Florence hits, we have to hope and pray that our communities do not suffer the consequences of years of irresponsible coal ash practices by the coal ash utilities".
Florence has caused catastrophic flooding since arriving as a category one hurricane on Friday.
In an update published at 5:33 a.m. ET on Saturday, the agency said that the storm is now striking SC and has a path through the in-land charted for the next few days.More news: Springbok players ratings - versus the All Blacks
More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters. Numerous evacuees took their pets. As of Saturday morning, a large swath of the Carolinas were still seeing up to 2 inches of rainfall every hour, and relief might not come for days. Trump planned a visit to the region next week.
Almost 900,000 homes and businesses were without power in the Carolinas early on Friday, utility officials said.
Landslides are also possible in the higher terrain of the southern and central Appalachias across western North Carolina into southwestern Virginia as Florence moves inland.
A day after Florence's landfall in North Carolina, water is shaping up to be the storm's deadliest impact - and the rains will only keep coming as flood damage mounts.
The National Weather Service measured storm surge in New Bern at 10 feet (3 meters) deep. Although the storm is passing north of Myrtle Beach, the concern now is that river water from North Carolina will flow into the area and combine with all the water that is already there.
Water rescues were continuing on Saturday.More news: Hurricane Hunters flying into Florence as it heads for the Carolinas