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Hurricane Florence rolls ashore in Carolinas, tears buildings apart

Hurricane Florence rolls ashore in Carolinas, tears buildings apart

Florence was expected to make landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina, at midday, and forecasters said its size meant it could batter the U.S. East Coast with hurricane-force winds for almost a full day.

Forecasters say the center of the eye of Hurricane Florence is about to make landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina. "We're working with our partners to provide food, water and snacks".

Hurricane Florence has begun battering it's way through the North Carolina coastline with heavy rain and high winds in what people fear could lead to the deaths of "a lot of people".

Hurricane Florence continues to drop category, but not risky, while hundreds of thousands of people try to get away from the coasts of the two Carolinas and Virginia.

The station's general manager, Matt Bowman, wrote in a statement that their reporting teams will continue providing their viewers with information as Hurricane Florence hits the Carolinas. Its forward movement was 6 miles per hour (9 kph).

Sustained winds were reported around 80 miles per hour with gusts up to 90 miles per hour at Cape Lookout, North Carolina.

Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

U.S. President Donald Trump took a moment on Friday to thank those responding to emergencies across the Carolinas.

None of the people rescued were injured.

Parts of the mid-Atlantic can also expect heavy rains from what is left of Florence well into next week. The rest of South and North Carolina, including cities from Charlotte to Raleigh, can expect 6 to 12 inches of rain - and up to 2 feet in isolated areas, the NHC warned.




In Craven County, New Bern's mayor says the town has seen historic flooding, with as much as 10 feet of water reported in some places. A city spokeswoman Colleen Roberts told WRAL-TV that 200 people have already been plucked to safety.

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The governor maintained his declaration even as the storm appeared to follow a more southerly track than projections earlier in the week. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU".

The National Hurricane Center, a division of the National Weather Service, publishes real time updates and projection models both online and on social media outlets.

As of 4 a.m., Florence was 30 miles (45 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina.

However, it's possible that Florence will stay just offshore, dumping rain on North Carolina as she moves south, not moving inland until she reaches Myrtle Beach.

"The water looming over Dr. Navarro is a brilliant way of showing the dangers of storm surge".

Forecasters said conditions will only get more lethal as the storm smashes ashore early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and crawls slowly inland.

The storm's intensity diminished as it neared land, with winds dropping to around 144 km/h by nightfall.

Given the storm's size and slow speed, officials warned that Florence could cause similar large-scale flood damage to that seen in the Houston area during Hurricane Harvey just over a year ago.