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Even though Florence was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, it's still considered dangerous and could be deadly for anyone in its path.
As of Saturday morning, the National Hurricane Center predicted the storm's maximum sustained winds are up to 50 miles per hour, leaving nearly a million people without power. The storm is moving slowly at 2 miles per hour, which has contributed to catastrophic flooding. It's expected to move westward through South Carolina into Sunday morning and then curve up toward North Carolina.
At least five people have already died in North Carolina because of the storm. This includes a mother and baby and two elderly men, among others.
CNN reports there have been around 300 water rescues in the city of New Bern, and about 100 more people still need rescuing. The National Hurricane Center says the storm will continue to produce catastrophic flash flooding over both of the Carolinas, south-central Virginia and West Virginia in the coming days.
President Trump approved a disaster declaration, giving eight counties in North Carolina access to federal funding.
Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.