On Thursday afternoon, the storm's outer rain bands began lashing down on the coast.
"Some say North Carolina is getting a break, but we are on the wrong side of this story", he said.
Hurricane Florence is dumping rain on North Carolina and pushing a storm surge taller than most humans onto communities near the coast.
New Bern, the city on the North Carolina coast where the Neuse River and Trent River intersect, was reeling Friday after being inundated from flooding caused by Hurricane Florence. Roberts said numerous residents live near the Neuse and Trent rivers.
A spokesperson for the ABC affiliate said roads around the building were flooding. The body of the 78-year-old man was discovered by family members Friday morning.
"Naturally, you'll have individuals that will try to look for opportunities to prey upon people when they are at their most vulnerable", Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram told the outlet.
More than 10 million people throughout North and SC and Virginia are under a hurricane or tropical storm watch or warning as of Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
Russ Lewis covers his eyes from a gust of wind and a blast of sand as Hurricane Florence approaches Myrtle Beach, S.C., on September 14, 2018.
Their graphics look like something out of a video game, featuring a reporter in the center of a screen and water towering overhead to show how high the water can get.
Response teams had already "brought in busloads" of rescued people from areas including Fairfield Harbor, New Bern, Adams Creek and Township 7, she said. Restoring power to all customers could take weeks, it said.
"Significant weakening is forecast over the weekend and into early next week while Florence moves farther inland", NHC said.
About 10 million people could be affected by the storm and more than 1 million were ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia.
Only one storm scared them enough to leave the island.
"Afterwards, I'm going to drink a bottle of whiskey and take a two-day nap, but right now I'm walking the neighbourhood making sure my neighbours are fine because nobody can get in here". In the Philippines, evacuations were under way with Super Typhoon Mangkhut expected to hit on Saturday in an area impacting an estimated 5.2 million people.