Florence by the numbers: 8 dead, more than 800K without power

Hurricane Florence is slamming into the East Coast, knocking out power in North and South Carolina, dropping torrential rains and inundating several areas with floodwater.

Here is a look at the dangerous storm by the numbers:

8: The number of fatalities so far. The first death attributed to Florence was in coastal Pender County, North Carolina. An official there called it a “storm-related medical fatality” but did not elaborate.

Police in Wilmington police disclosed that a mother and an infant were killed when a tree fell on their home. The husband was transported to a local hospital with injuries, according to police.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said one person died in Lenoir County while plugging in a generator. Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Roger Dail later noted that it was a 78-year-old male in Kinston who was electrocuted when he was trying to connect two extension cords outside in the rain.

Dail said that the fifth reported death also occurred in Kinston, which was that of a 77-year-old man. His body was discovered at his residence this morning by family members and it is believed that he died when he was blown down when he went outside to check on his hunting dogs.

Two individuals, whose names and genders were not released, were reported dead in North Carolina’s Duplin County. The county’s emergency management team reported that the deaths were “due to flash flooding and swift water on roadways.”

The only storm-related death in South Carolina was confirmed by South Carolina Highway Patrol who said that a woman died Friday night after the car she was driving struck a tree.

105 mph: As the storm made landfall Friday morning, Wilmington, North Carolina, was hit by a 105 mph wind gust, the strongest wind in the city since 1958.

100: The number of people who still needed to be rescued in flooded New Bern, North Carolina, on Saturday morning.

“We have three rescue teams who are working around the clock to get into communities to retrieve people,” the city said in a statement.

New Bern resident George Zaytoun, who chose not to heed evacuation warnings and was trapped inside his home, told “Good Morning America,” on Friday, “It’s like a bomb has gone off.”

“Everything around us is underwater,” he said.

“This is twice the size of Hurricane Hugo,” which tore through the Carolinas in 1989, New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw told “Good Morning America.”

65: Number of trees blown across roads in Raleigh, North Carolina, Saturday morning.

310: Number of volunteers from nine different states helping the Cajun Navy with rescues.

57: Number of people the Cajun Navy says they rescued Friday morning, according to the founder of the group, Todd Terrell.

23 inches: As of 5 a.m. Saturday, Newport and Morehead City had received about 23.75 inches of rainfall, about a quarter inch shy of breaking the all-time rain record for North Carolina of 24.06 set in 1999 during Hurricane Floyd. Hoffman, North Carolina, had received 19.96 inches of rain, while Emerald Isle received 11.5 inches.

766,695: Number of customers without power in North Carolina.

107,788: Number of customers without power in South Carolina.

1 million: Up to 1 million people have evacuated their North Carolina homes, Gov. Cooper said Friday.

20,000: More than 20,000 people in six states — North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Maryland and Tennessee — took shelter in 206 Red Cross and community shelters on Thursday.

730,000: The number of blankets available for evacuees. Six-thousand cots and 6 million meals have also been provided.

11 feet: Storm surge may reach this point in parts of North Carolina.

“People do not live and survive to tell the tale about what their experience is like with storm surge,” FEMA administrator Brock Long told “GMA.”

40 inches: Rainfall could reach this point.

13: Number of nuclear reactors the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is monitoring near Florence’s path.

19: Number of states sending teams to help North Carolina with Florence.

ABC News’ Rachel Katz, Morgan Winsor, Brendan Rand and Dom Proto contributed to this report.

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