Mother, infant, among several killed by Hurricane Florence

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The Carteret Country Sheriff's Office confirmed that two deaths initially reported as a result of Florence in North Carolina were a result of an apparent murder-suicide.

Storm surge of up to 13 feet will be "life threatening" and rainfall of up to 40 inches will mean "catastrophic" flooding, according to the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane-force winds and inland flooding also is a concern. The Nationwide Weather Service measured the storm surge within the mumble at three metres deep on Friday.

In a Facebook live event at around 7:30 a.m. Friday, National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said that Charlotte could get 10 to 15 inches of rain and Roanoke could see 6 to 10 inches.

"The sun rose this morning on an extremely unsafe situation and it's getting worse", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said, and called Florence a "thousand-year rain event".

Stalled: Florence was almost at a standstill Friday afternoon, moving at just 3 miles per hour.

More than 20,000 residents have packed into North Carolina emergency shelters, and officials have told those still in the storm's path to stay in place.

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Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland declared states of emergency. Storm Helene and tropical storm Isaac are churning at some stage within the Atlantic Ocean, whereas Storm Mangkhut threatens 5 million people within the Philippines and China. Nationwide, airlines canceled more than 2,400 flights through Sunday.

Potential losses: estimated $10 billion to $60 billion in economic damages.

With flood waters advancing rapidly in many communities, around 50 stranded people had been airlifted out by helicopter in North Carolina, said Petty Officer Michael Himes of the U.S. Coast Guard.

A mother and infant were killed in Wilmington, N.C. after a tree fell on a house there while the Category 1 hurricane throttled the eastern North Carolina coastline Friday morning. NASA is using its various high-flying tools to monitor the storm, taking precipitations measurements and NOAA's National Hurricane Center is using that data to forecast the storm's progress. According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, a pick-up truck drove into standing water on the road and lost control, overturning into a ditch.

Florence is expected to dump 18 trillion gallons of rainwater on USA soil, meteorologist Ryan Maue tweeted. More than a dozen Superfund sites in the Houston metro area were flooded previous year during Hurricane Harvey, with breaches of potentially harmful materials reported at two.

Crews from the city and the Federal Emergency Management Agency were working with citizen volunteers to get people to dry ground, Roberts said.

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The storm knocked out power to almost 930,000 homes and businesses, and the number could keep rising. Significant weakening was expected over the weekend.

At one point, the 350-mile-wide but slow-moving storm packed winds so fierce that "CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor almost lost contact with CBS News' New York studio during the morning broadcast. Storm surge could be up to 13 feet, pushing seawater as much as 2 miles inland.

Climate scientist Michael Mann said that Florence is "a climatologically-amplified triple threat". But previous research has shown that the strongest hurricanes are getting wetter, more intense and intensifying faster due to human-caused warming.

It has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm but continues to soak the East Coast area with rain, downing trees and damaging homes.

At least four people have died since Hurricane Florence crashed into the coast Friday and almost stalled.

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