Hurricane Florence lashes United States east coast, triggers flood warnings

Hurricane Florence: Up to 11 trillion gallons of rain forecast as storm arrives

While the storm may have slowed down slightly, it will still bring life-threatening storm surges, high winds, massive flooding and power cuts as it makes landfall on the coast of North and SC.

More than 400,000 people were without power in North Carolina as of early Friday morning, as Hurricane Florence pounded the region with strong winds and heavy rains.

A member of the U.S. Army walks through floodwaters near the Union Point Park Complex as Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, U.S., September 13, 2018.

Duke Energy told Fox News 3 million customers, which represents about 75 percent of their customers in the Carolinas, could lose power.

We will have tropical storm force winds and rain and storm surge continues to be our main concern with extreme flooding.

"Southeastern coastal North Carolina into far northeastern SC will see an additional 20 to 25 inches, with isolated storm totals of 30 to 40 inches".

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", New Bern city officials said on Twitter.

Florence's rain will be relentless, with up to 40 inches expected in some parts of the Carolina coasts, forecasters said.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm and more than one million were ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia, jamming westbound roads and highways for miles.

Images captured with a wide-angle lens on board the Space Station have shown the mind-boggling scale of Hurricane Florence as it nears America's East Coast.

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According to forecasters, the center of Florence is expected to hit North Carolina's southern coast Friday, then drift southwest before moving inland on Saturday. "Lots of water, lots of wind, lots of storm surge".

The coastal area of SC features hundreds of inlets while North Carolina has barrier islands miles away from the mainland.

Hurricane-force winds will bring down trees and damage homes and businesses.

"We live in a mobile home so we were just like 'No way, '" she said. "The storm surge forecast associated with this storm has not changed".

North Carolina corrections officials said more than 3,000 people were relocated from prisons and juvenile detention centers in the path of Florence, and more than 300 county prisoners were transferred to state facilities.

Officials say anyone who has not heeded mandatory evacuation orders is on his own. North Carolina will likely see eight months' worth of rain in two to three days, said National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear in a video briefing.

They have been taken to shelters and none were injured. "I'm not leaving him here".

At 8 a.m., the center of Florence was 10 miles (15 kilometers) south of Wilmington.

"I have no generator", said Petra Langston, a nurse.

Perched on the porch of his home, carpenter Tony Albright was calmly awaiting Florence's arrival, beer in hand.

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