An investigation is underway, but officials said it appears there's no reason for others at the shelter to worry. This storm is extremely risky.
Winds have dropped to about 55 km/h since it roared ashore on Friday as a hurricane and it is crawling west over two states at 9 km/h, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said early Sunday. The expected high is 89 degrees.
But authorities warned it will still be an extremely unsafe hurricane. "America is proud of you", Trump tweeted on Friday, referring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which responds to disasters in the United States.
When winds reach 119km/h (74mph), it is known as a hurricane - in the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific - or a typhoon in the Western Pacific.
The Cape Fear was at 12.15 feet at 5 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
In Washington, President Donald Trump was briefed by telephone Saturday on Florence's impact. "It's a big one", he said. There have been at least 10 deaths reported in North Carolina, bringing the storms toll to 13 total.
Volunteers from all over North Carolina help to rescue residents from their flooded homes during Hurricane Florence September 14, 2018, in New Bern, North Carolina.
Almost half a million people were evacuated from seven cities in Guangdong province, the gambling enclave of Macau closed down casinos for the first time and the Hong Kong Observatory told people to stay away from the Victoria Harbour, where storm surges battered the waterfront reinforced with sandbags.
Airlines had cancelled almost 1,000 flights and counting.
But the water never quite made it to his home.
Florence was drifting westward over SC, reaching about 25 miles southeast of Columbia S.C.at 2 a.m. Sunday, the NHC said. It said it was located about 50 miles (65 km) west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and forecasters predicted a slow westward march.
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Computer models of exactly what the storm might do varied, adding to the uncertainty. As of Saturday, about 676,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in SC.
South Carolina's governor urged anyone in a flood-prone area to evacuate. "I already know", he said.
The shift in the projected track spread concern to areas that once thought they were relatively safe.
Three died in one inland county, Duplin, because of water on roads and flash floods, authorities said. "Now it might be time for the exam", he said.
West-central Virginia into far eastern West Virginia, north of Roanoke and west of Charlottesville, will see 3 to 6 inches of rainfall, with some isolated areas seeing 8 inches.
Unsure of what they might find when they return home, the couple went shopping for a recreational vehicle. "It'll be ugly, but we'll get through it", Long told NBC's "Meet The Press".
"It was pitch black and I was just scared out of my mind", said Tracy Singleton, who with her family later fled her home near New Bern. And the damage isn't confined to the coast.
"The worst of the storm is behind us", she said.
In a separate briefing, Steve Goldstein of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said some areas have already received two feet of rain and could expect up to 20 inches more as the system moved "slowly, almost stationary" over eastern North Carolina.
The city installed 11 pumps to help deal with the river, but Mayor John Cantey said he wants people living near it to get out. "You feel like you should have already left".