"We are not turning away that help", she said.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper called Florence an "uninvited brute" that could wipe out entire communities as it grinds across the state. "We might leave", she said.
The dead included a mother and baby killed when a tree fell on a house in Wilmington, North Carolina. The deaths also included that of a person killed while plugging in a generator, the governor's office said.
As of 4 a.m., Florence was 30 miles (45 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina.
Florence peaked at a terrifying Category 4 with top winds of 140 mph (225 kph) over warm ocean water before making 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.
The eye of the storm passed over the coast near Wrightsville Beach, northeast of Wilmington, at 7:15 a.m. ET, the National Hurricane Center said.
But it was clear that this was really about the water, not the wind.
After the slow-moving storm officially made landfall, it continued dumping heavy rain over parts of North Carolina.
Hurricane Florence is tropical cyclone nearing the Southeastern United States and the U.S. Mid-Atlantic states. Another one of the bears ended up in the middle of the street in the background.
According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm will travel through upstate SC, be downgraded to a tropical depression, then turn north toward the Ohio Valley.
For people living inland in the Carolinas, maximum peril could come days later as all that water drains, overflowing rivers and causing flash floods.
Hurricane Helene heading towards the United Kingdom , bringing chances of gale force winds
The centre of Isaac passed between Martinique and Dominica with maximum sustained winds of about 45 miles per hour . Florence remains a risky Cat 4 with max winds of 130 miles per hour with a NW movement of 15 miles per hour .
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He focused instead on the effort to support congressional candidates in amping up the crowd. He'll next travel to California for an event with seven House candidates in Orange County.
About 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians were deployed with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats.
This next video below, taken by Mark Cogdell, shows a gas station on Market St.in Wilmington, North Carolina collapsing in Hurricane Florence's winds.
Authorities warned, too, of risks of mudslides and environmental disasters from floodwaters washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.
TRINIS living in the USA were vigorously preparing themselves for Hurricane Florence which is forecast to make landfall along the eastern coast sometime today. Forecasters said "catastrophic" freshwater flooding was expected along waterways far from the coast of the Carolinas. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimeters) of water, he calculated.
Flood waters surround a house as Hurricane Florence hits Swansboro N.C., on Friday.
North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons, enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches (25 centimeters). The map behind her disappears, and thanks to wonders of mixed reality, we can actually see the wind raging and the water rising on a street, complete with cars, trees and buildings in the background.
The NWS reported "lots of tree damage, debris and power lines down" across Harkers Island, N.C.
The Wilmington airport had a wind gust clocked at 105 miles per hour (169 kph), the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958, the weather service said.
Airlines cancelled more than 2,100 flights through Sunday.
"We're on our way, we will get you rescued", Outlaw said while cautioning that first responders have to be careful of their own safety.
"You can't get over till we have power and we have sewer up and running", said the retired teacher and real estate agent, who rode out the hurricane in an inland hotel.