Yet a day after landfall the faster-moving Mangkhut was back out over open water - weakened, but headed across the South China Sea toward China. "Roads are closed in many places and more are closing even as we speak".
A downed tree rests on a house during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of Wilson, North Carolina, on September 14, 2018.
To give a sense of the scope of inundation to come, the river's crest was expected at 19.1 feet, beating the record 17.9 feet set during Hurricane Matthew.
Two other men were killed in Lenoir County, North Carolina - electrocuted in separate incidents, according to CNN.
A 77-year-old man has also died after apparently being knocked down by the wind when he went out to check on his hunting dogs.
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In Hampstead, North Carolina, a woman died of a heart attack on Friday since emergency crews could not reach her due to fallen trees that blocked the road, local media reported.
Florence's intensity has diminished since it roared ashore along the USA mid-Atlantic coast on Friday as a hurricane.
More than 800,000 customers in North Carolina were without power and 21,000 people were being housed in 157 shelters across the state.
Forecasts earlier in the week had suggested things could be far worse, and North Carolina's governor issued what he called a first-of-its-kind mandatory evacuation order for all the barrier islands.
In New Bern, about 90 miles northeast of Wilmington at the confluence of two rivers, Florence overwhelmed the town of 30,000 and left the downtown area under water.
Environmentalists have been warning for decades that Duke's coal ash ponds were vulnerable to severe storms and pose a threat to drinking water supplies and public safety. "Flood waters are rising, & if you aren't watching for them, you are risking life".
The storm dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and SC as it trudged inland on Saturday. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 10 centimetres of water, he calculated. That, and the storm's vast circumference of hundreds of miles, means Wilmington will be inundated with rain, the advisory said.
The rest of SC into western North Carolina and southwest Virginia is expected to report 5 to 10 inches of additional rainfall, with isolated cases of 15 inches.
When Florence started battering eastern North Carolina, the Neuse and Trent rivers began to swell. "Nobody expected this", a rescued resident, Tom Ballance, toldThe Weather Channel.
As for the landslides, Gov. Henry McMaster did warn about possible landslides in the state, but he was referring to northwestern portions of the state, not the Grand Strand.
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Another 400 people were in shelters in Virginia, where forecasts were less dire. "We have started to see the water recede". Areas from Wilmington through Fayetteville to Charlotte will experience 500-year to 1,000-year flood events, he said.
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The Buzz | Tropical bands from Florence begin lashing Carolinas
Between 1 and 3 million people could lose power in the Carolinas in the wake of Hurricane Florence , according to Duke Energy. The center is slowing down and is expected to stall and perhaps wander around just offshore on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Tropical development likely in the Gulf by Thursday
The enormous waves were recorded in the northeast quadrant of the hurricane , which is the strongest area of the storm. The agency is also monitoring a tropical disturbance that has a 60 percent chance of forming a tropical storm .