Hurricane Florence makes landfall as torrential rains batter coast

Hurricane Florence makes landfall as torrential rains batter coast

More than 415,000 homes and businesses were without power Friday morning according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the nation's electrical grid.

Ominous warning: "Don't focus on the category of the storm". The National Hurricane Center, in its latest advisory, said that Hurricane Florence was about to make landfall in North Carolina.

A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina. A 78-year-old man was electrocuted attempting to connect extension cords while another man died when he was blown down by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs, a county spokesman said.

Shaken after seeing waves crashing in the Neuse River just outside his house in the town of New Bern, hurricane veteran Tom Ballance wished he had evacuated.

"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", said Ballance, owner of a seafood restaurant that was flooded.

Hurricane Florence smashed into the USA east coast Friday, September 14, with howling winds, torrential rains and life-threatening storm surges as emergency crews scrambled to rescue hundreds of people stranded in their homes by flood waters. "The house is shaking back and forth much more violently than when the eyewall came through".

The outages were announced just after 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14 as the eye of Hurricane Florence wobbled slowly southwestward just off the coast of southeastern North Carolina, near the border with SC.

But it was clear that this was really about the water, not the wind. But that, combined with the storm's slowing forward movement and heavy rains, had North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warning of an impending disaster.

"I've never been one to leave for a storm but this one kind of had me spooked", Epperson said. Another one of the bears ended up in the middle of the street in the background.

Almost 300,000 customers in North Carolina were meanwhile reported to be without power as the outer band of the storm approached.

Hurricane Florence has deluged USA coastal regions and left tens of thousands without power - with forecasters stating conditions will only worsen as the huge storm barrels inland.

As of 6 a.m., Florence was 10 miles east of Wilmington, North Carolina. Authorities warned, too, of the threat of mudslides and the risk of environmental havoc from floodwaters washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.

National Hurricane Center: Florence about to make landfall in N. Carolina causing life-threatening storm surge.

WHAT'S HAPPENING: Florence will pose fatal threat for days

Over half a million homes and businesses were without power by mid morning in North and SC and utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and restoration efforts could take weeks.

Flooding in new bern due to Hurricane Florence.

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons, enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches (25 centimeters).

Already, flooding and waters have struck the North Carolina coastal regions.

A wind gust at the Wilmington airport was clocked at 105 miles per hour, the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958.

Canceled more than 1,300 flights along the East Coast through Friday.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull dozens of people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted around 2 a.m. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU".

Sheets of rain splattered against windows of a hotel before daybreak in Wilmington, where Sandie Orsa of Wilmington sat in a lobby lit by emergency lights after the power failed.

Charley English of the American Red Cross said anyone wondering how to help from afar can donate blood, registering first at their local Red Cross websites. More than 60 others had to be rescued as a cinderblock motel collapsed.

People are seen inside a shelter run by Red Cross before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Grantsboro, N.C., September 13, 2018.

"Honestly, I grew up in Wilmington". At least 150 people were waiting to be saved, city officials said.

Hurricane Florence: What we know and what to expect
Current pressure readings are coming in at 946 millibars, delivering winds in excess of 140 miles per hour. North Carolina's governor's office said a third person was killed while plugging in a generator.

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