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Hurricane Florence: Giant, slow-moving storm causes deluge as it makes landfall

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Guillermo Lane | 15 September, 2018, 05:11

Florence made landfall Friday morning northeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, tearing off roofs with winds of over 70mph.

Volunteers from the Civilian Crisis Response Team help rescue three children from their flooded home September 14, 2018 in James City, United States.

About 200 people were rescued in New Bern, a small coastal city 90 miles further north-west, with another 150 residents awaiting help after a 10ft surge in floodwater caused by hours of heavy rainfall. "Really all you could do is stay inside and hope for the best".

New Bern's WCTI television employees fled their studio Thursday night due to rising flood waters.

The biggest danger, as forecasters saw it, was not the wind but the water: the storm surge along the coastline and the prospect of 300 to 1000mm of rain over the next several days that could trigger catastrophic flooding in a slow-motion disaster well inland.

Regarding the possibility of a storm surge, Jones said, "Everyone has to be on the lookout for that, however, the way our house sits, it's elevated".

Forecasters expect Florence to hit the Carolinas early in the morning on September 14.

At least 188,000 people were without power in North Carolina and SC early on Friday.

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"It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave". "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the authorities in New Bern said on Twitter.

Atlantic Beach, located on the state's Outer Banks barrier islands, had received 76cm of rain, the US Geological Survey said. Hurricane Florence will slow down as it approaches the coast and moves inland. Florence should weaken to a tropical storm after 24 hours and then to below tropical storm strength after 48 hours.

The NHC said hurricane-force winds extended outward 35 miles (55 kms) from the center of the storm and tropical storm-force winds extended almost 170 miles (280 kms) out.

Hurricane Florence made landfall on Friday morning near Wrightsville Beach, N.C., according to the National Hurricane Center.

Roughly 1 million people are under evacuation orders.

Issac is expected to slowly drift through the eastern and central Caribbean waters through the weekend, not too far from Jamaica, but won't be much of a threat.

A new 5-minute video from the space station shows Florence coming ashore in the US for the first time.

More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters.

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