Hurricane Florence lashes United States east coast, triggers flood warnings

Hurricane Florence lashes United States east coast, triggers flood warnings

Hurricane Florence made landfall on Friday morning in Wrightsville, North Carolina bringing with it life-threatening storm surges and 90mph winds.

In Jacksonville, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the cinderblock structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse. Hundreds more were rescued elsewhere from rising water.

"Hurricanes normally come in and they go inland, which sucks the power out of them as they go over the land", he said.

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

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

North Carolina's governor, Roy Cooper, said Florence was set to cover nearly all of the state in several feet of water.

Hurricane Florence brought a storm surge of some 3 meters (10 feet) as it began battering the United States east coast early on Friday.

Despite the drop in wind strength, the most unsafe threat comes from Florence's rains and storm surge, which could bring flooding far inland.

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Adding to concerns, forecasters warned the larger and slow-moving storm could linger for days around the coast, leaving many without power and supplies.

"These are folks who chose to stay and ride out the storm for whatever reason, despite having a mandatory evacuation", she said.

There were no immediate reports of any deaths.

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. The center of the storm is expected to maintain a westward track across southeastern North Carolina Friday and across eastern South Carolina Friday and Saturday.

As of 11 p.m. EST, Florence was about 50 miles south of Morehead City, North Carolina, and 60 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center. Significant weakening is expected over the weekend.

With many employees at risk, Novartis said it has temporarily stopped pharmaceutical production at their Wilson, North Carolina site. "Everybody laughs at the fact that this storm got downgraded. but I've never seen tree devastation this bad."Afterwards, I'm going to drink a bottle of whiskey and take a two-day nap, but right now I'm walking the neighborhood and making sure my neighbors are fine, because nobody can get in here".

The father sustained injuries and was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington for medical care. "We're working with our partners to provide food, water and snacks".

Satellites also continue to monitor Hurricane Florence as it passes over North Carolina to help meteorologists make more accurate predictions of how the storm will impact people living in the region. "This could be enough to knock you off your feet", says Navarro.

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