One million people were left without power after Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina on Friday and proceeds to move through the east coast.
North Carolina officials confirmed earlier Saturday that five people died from the storm, but multiple media outlets reported the death toll was eight by Saturday afternoon, The Post and Courier reported.
While reduced winds caused the storm to be downgraded from a Category 4 hurricane to Category 1 and then down to a tropical storm, it is expected to pour several inches of rain down on towns in North and South Carolina.
States of emergency have been declared for Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.
President Donald Trump also approved a North Carolina disaster declaration on Friday, ordering federal aid to recovery efforts in areas affected by Hurricane Florence. He will visit areas affected by Hurricane Florence next week once conditions improve and his visit won’t disrupt recovery efforts.