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North and South Carolina were hammered by Hurricane Florence after it made landfall on Friday. As of Saturday morning, at least seven have been killed as the storm continues its crawl along the coast.

The big picture: Axios' Andrew Freedman explains that the danger of Florence lies in "the surge and inland flooding from what is likely to be the worst tropical cyclone-related rainstorm in North Carolina history."

Volunteer Amber Hersel from the Civilian Crisis Response Team helps rescue 7-year-old Keiyana Cromartie and her family. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
An abandoned mini van in North Carolina. Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP/Getty Images
The Neuse River floods a street in North Carolina. Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP/Getty Images
A father and daughter after learning friends were injured and later died when a tree fell on their house. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images
Neighborhoods are flooded by Hurricane Florence. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Members of the Boone County Fire Rescue team check for occupants in a home surrounded by flood waters. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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Trump says Republicans have an "obligation" to fill Ginsburg's seat

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President Trump wrote in a tweet Saturday morning that Republicans have an "obligation" to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the Supreme Court following her death Friday.

What he's saying: "We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices," the president said, tagging the Republican Party. "We have this obligation, without delay!"

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Hundreds gather to pay tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg along Supreme Court steps

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At the Supreme Court steps Friday night hundreds of people gathered to pay tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — singing in a candlelight vigil, with some in tears.

Details: If there is a singular mood at the Supreme Court tonight, it’s some kind of a daze manifested by silence.