Hurricane Florence batters the Carolinas

Hurricane Florence batters the Carolinas

Parts of North and SC were forecast to get as much as 40 inches of rain (1 meter).

Hurricane Florence wasn't expected to make landfall until later Friday morning, but residents in coastal areas were already losing power as fierce gusts lashed the eastern edge of North Carolina. The storm's winds, however, fell to 75 miles per hour by 1:50 p.m. "The water started rising and we evacuated nearly an entire TV station in about 15 minutes".

But forecasters said its extreme size meant it could batter the US East Coast with hurricane-force winds for almost a full day.

Forecasters say "it can not be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard associated with slow-moving Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland".

These types of slow-moving storms - like Hurricane Harvey - can be particularly unsafe because of the rain and flooding they can bring.

Hurricane Florence lumbered ashore in North Carolina with howling 90mph winds and terrifying storm surges on Friday, splintering buildings and trapping hundreds of people in high water as it settled in for what could be a long and extraordinarily destructive drenching.

Waves from Hurricane Florence pound the Bogue Inlet Pier in Emerald Isle North Carolina, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Our main worry is water and flooding.

The storm made landfall in Wilmington, North Carolina, in the gloom of dawn Friday as a Category 1 hurricane.

More than 2,700 people took refuge at shelters, according to Horry County Spokesperson Kelly Moore.

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None of the people rescued were injured. The video shows The Weather Channel's Mike Seidel reporting from Wilmington in North Carolina, USA, reports AJC.

Maria came after two other deadly storms - Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida.

At least 150 people were waiting to be rescued in New Bern, N.C., officials tweeted Thursday evening.

New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw confirmed there were no reports of fatalities as of early Friday morning. More than a dozen major rivers in the Carolinas and southern Virginia are forecast by the National Weather Service to reach flood stage, and some - including the Neuse, Pamlico, Lumber, Waccamaw, Northeast Cape Fear and the Pee Dee rivers - are expected to set all-time flood records. Storm surge search and rescue operations have been underway across the county.

"We would recommend that people hold on to nonperishable items to be prepared for the next emergency, which could happen at any time of year", said James City County spokeswoman Renee Dallman.

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

The storm is likely to bring significant rain to the Carolinas, where some places could see upwards of 20 inches, the update said.

North Carolina emergency management officials said more than 600,000 customers in North Carolina were without power. Its forward movement increased slightly to 6 miles per hour (9 kph).

The now Category 1 storm's intensity diminished as it neared land, with winds dropping to 90 miles per hour (135 kph) by nightfall. Scores of trees and power lines had fallen on roads throughout Wilmington as of Friday afternoon.

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