Four people have died as Hurricane Florence mauls the US East Coast, knocking out power to 600,000 homes and causing buildings to crumble.
A mother and child were killed when a tree fell on their house in Wilmington, North Carolina.
The father was transported to hospital with injuries.
One man died when plugging in a generator, while a woman having a heart attack also died because paramedics were unable to reach her in time due to trees and debris blocking the road.
A fifth person was reportedly killed after he was blown down by the wind while going outside to check on his hunting dogs.
Dozens of people were rescued from a collapsing hotel as a huge storm surge toppled trees and swamped streets.
As of Friday afternoon, Florence has been downgraded to a tropical storm.
Evacuation warnings are in place for 1.7 million people.
According to the National Weather Service, Florence is packing sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.