Watch live streaming video of Hurricane Florence rolling into North Carolina

Watch live streaming video of Hurricane Florence rolling into North Carolina

Already some roads were flooded.

By Thursday morning, the wind and rain tore the flag down the stripes all the way to the pole. Once projected to make landfall as a Category 4 storm with the potential to reach Category 5, forecasters now believe Flo will hold at least a Category 2 rating as it approaches land. The forecast track has the storm moving slowly along the coast throughout Friday and into Saturday.

The storm is moving toward the northwest at 17 miles per hour, the NHC said.

Preceded first by the storm surge and the winds, heavy rains were picking up as of late Thursday afternoon, the beginning of an onslaught that for some areas may not relent for days. Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and he said it will still be an extremely risky storm for rain and storm surge.

This rainfall could cause unsafe flash flooding.

Still, the storm has the capacity for huge destruction.

And now, many more people, houses and buildings are set to endure hurricane-force winds, which extend 80 miles out from Florence's center.

At last report, the storm was about 180 kilometers east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina and about 270 kilometers east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Hurricane Helene and Subtropical Storm Joyce were off in the Atlantic, posing no threat.

A storm surge watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, SC, to South Santee River, SC, and for north of Duck, NC, to the North Carolina/Virginia border. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

"The time to prepare is nearly over", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a morning news conference.

More than 10 million people are under watches and warnings, the Associated Press reported.

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"It's still going to be the same result with the amount of water that's being pushed on shore", he explained.

Storm surge is deadly.

Helene is now in the Atlantic Ocean following behind Hurricane Florence, which was expected to hit the eastern coast of the USA late Thursday or early Friday. Regardless of whether a system forms, they say heavy rain and gusty winds are likely along the Texas and Louisiana coast later this week. In South Carolina, close to the Georgia line, Beaufort County emergency chief Neil Baxley told residents they need to prepare again for the worst just in case.

Energy companies have also warned that the storm could knock out power for the foreseeable future in some areas. The National Hurricane Center is calling for 20 to 30 inches (50 to 75 centimetres) of rain in North Carolina, with spots up to 40 inches (100 centimetres).

"Floodwaters may enter numerous structures, and some may become uninhabitable or washed away", the Weather Service warned.

Another live stream at Wilmington Tower, which usually broadcasts sweeping views of the North Carolina landscape, shows storm clouds rolling in over the ocean. Catastrophic river flooding and flash flooding will occur for a large portion of eastern North and SC. On Tuesday (September 11), they published a map to their Facebook page showing the extent of the likely wind damage brought to the USA as Florence penetrates the Eastern seaboard. The winds had been as high as 140 miles per hour earlier in the week. They also have three dogs and three parrots.

"Catastrophic damage will occur: A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse". Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed.

"With the storm expected to linger, power restoration work could take weeks instead of days".

"The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves".

Because the storm will slow it moves over the eastern Carolinas, these wind impacts will be magnified.

Mayor Joe Benson said the storm will batter Carolina Beach through two high-tide periods.

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