Steve Harrigan Reports in Extreme Conditions in North Topsail Beach, NC

Hurricane Florence from above: Startling images of the huge storm from the International Space Station

He said there had been three confirmed deaths from the storm and several others were being investigated to determine if they were storm-related.

"Florence is an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper told NPR's Morning Edition.

Just a few minutes before the now-Category 1 storm made landfall, cameras on board the International Space Station managed to catch the mesmerising footage below. "The water started rising and we evacuated nearly an entire TV station in about 15 minutes".

Florence is about 644 kilometres wide and it's winds have dropped from a peak of 225 km/h to 165 km/h, reducing the hurricane from a terrifying Category 4 to a Category 2.

Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles.

As of 1 p.m. ET, more than a foot of rain had fallen in many towns in southeastern North Carolina.

"It's the worst feeling in the world to hear people yelling for help and you can't do anything", she said. The storm is expected to lumber into far southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC through Saturday, punishing the area with rain and damaging winds. "The ocean is going to start rising".

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The North Carolina State Highway Patrol says that as the hurricane hit the coast overnight, officers "responded to 108 calls for service and 30 collisions". "(It's) a risky situation here", Cooper said.

A North Carolina city says about 70 people have been rescued from a hotel whose structural integrity is being threatened by Hurricane Florence.

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In Pender County, North Carolina, a woman suffered a fatal heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris. The fifth, a 78-year-old man, was found dead on a street outside of Kinston.

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The National Hurricane Center said Florence's winds have slowed to tropical storm strength, and said the storm is moving slowly inland with sustained winds of 110 kilometers per hour and higher gusts.

Sample said that when he looked outside of his house, which is about 1,000 yards from the beach, he saw the rain pooling up on the street and what looked like storm surge coming up the road.

One team from Maryland helped with about 40 rescues in New Bern starting Thursday, member Mitchell Rusland said.

About 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians have been deployed, with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats.

Neighbour Adam Sparks said he noticed emergency responders arrive at the house across the street right around when his power went out and the storm was intensifying.

The Wilmington airport had a wind gust clocked at 105 miles per hour (169 kph), the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958. At the city's airport, the wind was gusting at 91 miles per hour.

For more on Hurricane Florence, visit the FOX 46 Resource Center. Gradual weakening is expected throughout the day Friday, with significant weakening predicted over the weekend.

"This rainfall will produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", the hurricane center said.

Emergency crews rescued hundreds of stranded people on Friday as Hurricane Florence pounded the US East Coast with driving rain, howling winds and unsafe storm surge.

Although the storm is beginning to move away, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said the Triangle should still expect heavy rain for the next 24 hours. And it's travelling farther and creating deeper floods thanks to sea-level rise from climate change, which research indicates has added as much as 6 inches to Florence's surge.

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