Florence pours on the rain in the Carolinas, swelling rivers

150 people trapped by Florence floodwaters in New Bern, NC

North Carolina utilities have estimated that as many as 2.5 million state residents could be left without power, the state's Department of Public Safety said.

United States media later said a second man in Lenoir County died after heavy winds knocked him down as he tried to check on his dogs.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) downgraded it to a tropical storm on Friday, but warned it would dump as much as 30 to 40 inches (76-102 cm) of rain on the southeastern coast of North Carolina and part of northeastern SC.

Brock Long, the administrator of FEMA, also named Albert Lewis as the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations, according to the declaration.

"There is a lot of rain to come".

"A lot of rain's going to fall".

"We're going to be OK", Saffo said.

The White House announced on Saturday that President Donald Trump approved a disaster declaration for North Carolina a day earlier, an order that opens up federal funding, including housing and home fix grants.

A man who was trapped inside his New Bern, North Carolina, home by Tropical Storm Florence spoke with Fox & Friends on Saturday.

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said radar and rain gauges indicated some areas got as much as 2½ feet of rain, which he called "absolutely staggering".

Trogdon says road conditions are expected to get worse in the immediate future, pointing out the number of closed primary roads in eastern counties had doubled compared to Friday.

Environmental groups said Friday that they were anxious that scores of hog lagoons will burst again or be overtopped by flooding, spilling their contents into rivers used as sources of drinking water.

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A tornado watch was issued for parts of North and SC as emergency management officials also warned of the potential for dam failures and landslides.

Newport, North Carolina, reported 23.75 inches of rainfall by 5 a.m. Saturday.

Eduardo Munoz / Reuters A downed tree rests on a house during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of Wilson, North Carolina. "I was looking for water moccasins to hit me at any time", he said.

As rivers swelled toward record levels, state regulators and environmental groups were monitoring the threat from very big hog and poultry farms located in low-lying, flood-prone areas.

Flooding there is so heavy that rescue operations had to be suspended early Saturday morning until daylight.

A pickup truck drives on a flooded road past a farm house that is surrounded by flooded fields from tropical storm Florence in Hyde County, NC., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.

Just south and west of Carteret, new flash flood emergencies were issued in bordering Onslow and Duplin counties around 3:30 a.m.

Almost 814,000 homes in North Carolina and 170,000 in SC are without power.

"Over many months, it went to 64 people", Trump tweeted.

Flooding is anticipated in Charlotte, North Carolina - more than 200 miles inland - as well as Fayetteville and Columbia. The storm's grand surges, winds and rain became some towns into rushing rivers.

Storm Florence has battered the eastern USA coast with non-stop rain, surging seawater and howling winds. North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, had around 7 inches (18 centimetres).

President Donald Trump has also announced plans to visit the flood-hit region this week but a date has not yet been set.

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