Florence disaster declared in North Carolina as flooding threat grows

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It is forecast to crawl through SC into Saturday before turning west and then north across the western Carolinas and toward the Ohio Valley by Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The barrier island of Emerald Isle is under water, with ocean waves rolling in over a six-foot storm surge and crashing into homes. More are expected, as the storm could bring winds up to 45 miles per hour around the area, according to Durham County emergency management officials.

About 31 inches (79 centimeters) was reported in Swansboro, on the North Carolina coast. "We have started to see the water recede".

Members of the North Carolina National Guard finish stacking sand bags under a highway overpass near the Lumber River which is expected to flood from Hurricane Florence's rain in Lumberton, North Carolina, on September 14, 2018.

The city of Jacksonville's statement says people have been moved to the city's public safety center as officials work to find a more permanent shelter. Bermuda and parts of the east coast will also be experiencing "life-threatening surf and rip currents".

None of the people rescued were injured.

A Twitter user captured the moment a reporter for the Weather Channel appeared to fake the severity of the winds caused by Hurricane Florence on Friday as the hurricane made landfall in North Carolina. Dozens more were rescued from a collapsed motel.

Florence peaked at a terrifying Category 4 with top winds of 140 mph over warm ocean water before making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15am at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line.

Florence made landfall on the East Coast Friday morning with wind speeds of 195 miles per hour. The governor's office said a man was electrocuted while trying to connect extension cords in the rain.

About 100 people still need to be rescued in New Bern, North Carolina, where some 4200 homes have been damaged, the mayor told CNN.

A wind gust at the Wilmington airport was clocked at almost 170km/h, the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958. Gov. Roy Cooper warned, describing day after day of disastrous weather to come.

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Power outages affecting more than 900,000 in Carolinas. The storm has since been downgraded to a tropical storm. Calls for help multiplied as the wind picked up and the tide rolled in.

Coastal towns in the Carolinas were largely empty, and schools and businesses closed as far south as Georgia.

More than 2 feet of rain had fallen in places, and the drenching went on and on, with forecasters saying there could be an additional 1 1/2 feet by the end of the weekend. Florence had been a Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale with 120-mph winds as of Thursday, but dropped to a Category 1 hurricane before coming ashore.

The Federal Emergency Management Authority said motorists should not attempt to drive through floodwaters.

Although it has been downgraded to a tropical storm, slow-moving Florence is already blasting North and SC with torrential rain and severe floods.

"We'll operate without power; we have candles".

"Maybe the communities of color that are expected to feel the greatest burden of a disaster like this don't have time to have a conversation like this with the media because they're fighting for their lives, they're fighting for their very survival", she said.

Others were at home hoping for the best.

Jennifer Morales, 20, was one of those evacuated from her home with her husband and son, who turns 2 next month. We chose to hunker down. "We have a safe basement and generator that comes on automatically".

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