Five dead in Carolinas as Florence brings ´epic´ floods

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Kevin Knox and his family were rescued from their flooded brick home with the help of Army Sgt. Johan Mackie, part of a team that was using a phone app to locate people in distress.

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.

Officials in SC are reporting the state's first fatality due to Florence, bringing the storm's overall death toll to at least five.

After reaching a terrifying Category 4 peak of 140 mph (225 kph) earlier in the week, Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles (kilometers) east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line.

Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 kilometers) from its center. As of 5 a.m. Saturday, the storm's center was about 35 miles west of Myrtle Beach, according to the National Hurricane Center.

This story will be updated with additional information momentarily.

About 31 inches (79 centimeters) was reported in Swansboro, on the North Carolina coast.

In North Carolina, the city of New Bern was particularly hard hit.

On the other side of the world, meanwhile, more than a dozen people have died as Typhoon Mangkhut rips through the Philippines.

Storm surge was as high as 10 feet on the Neuse River, he said.

Eduardo Munoz / Reuters A downed tree rests on a house during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of Wilson, North Carolina. His mom remembers Hurricane Hazel, when the water did not rise as high as his fifth step, where it was Thursday night.

Officials in New Bern, which dates to the early 18th century, said more than 100 people were rescued from floods and the downtown was under water by Friday afternoon. "We didn't know where to go", she said.

Video from The Associated Press (above) shows the men finding two barking dogs on the porch of an empty home surrounded by water.

A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from Wilmington police.

A buoy off the North Carolina coast recorded waves almost 30 feet (9 meters) high as Florence churned toward shore.

By Friday evening, the Cape Fear River in Wilmington saw storm surge flowing north being met with rainwater flowing west, giving the water nowhere to go.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence will eventually break up over the southern Appalachians and make a right hook to the northeast, its rainy remnants moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England by the middle of next week. 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. Rescue crews have used boats to reach hundreds of people trapped by the rising waters.

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