Five people have died in North Carolina and although the hurricane has been downgraded to a tropical storm, storm surges and strong winds could pose a danger for days

In 2016 Hurricane Matthew unleashed a torrent of rain over North Carolina, flooding the Pugh family out of their 2 centuries-old home. A total loss.

From HuffPost:

Last month, the Pughs finally moved into a new home they’d built on the same piece of land. They were barely settled in when Hurricane Florence took aim at the North Carolina coast.

“We’re still trying to recover,” Pugh said Thursday as he worked to secure a grill and other loose items in a shed before the storm hit. “Going on two years and here comes another hurricane.”

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South Carolina Highway Patrol says it has responded to more than 100 reports of trees down overnight.

We are continuing to urge people not to be out there just driving around. Rain continues to fall and saturate the ground. We’ve responded to over 100 trees down overnight. Working with SCDOT to clear roadways as we get the calls. #Florence ‍♂️@SCEMD

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