Hurricane Florence rolls ashore in Carolinas, tears buildings apart

Katie Ramirez
September 15, 2018

The National Hurricane Center says Florence is about to make landfall in North Carolina bringing with it life-threatening storm surges and hurricane force winds.

More than 60 people had to be pulled from a collapsing cinderblock motel at the height of the storm.

Hundreds of people are awaiting rescue from their homes in New Bern, North Carolina, as flood waters continue to rise from Hurricane Florence. Authorities have advised people, however, to move to higher levels in their homes while they wait to be rescued. "We've had it reported to where it's over mailboxes, to the stairs of homes, even at first, second floors to where people are having to get on their roofs".

Cooper said Florence was set to cover nearly all of North Carolina in several feet of water.

The town of Oriental had gotten more than 457mm of rain just a few hours into the deluge, while Surf City had 355mm and it was still coming down.

More than 370,000 people were without power in North Carolina early on Friday, state officials said.

One resident, 67-year-old Linda Smith, told the MailOnline: "We're a little anxious about the storm surge so we came down to see what the river is doing now".

There were no immediate reports of any deaths.

It will likely come on shore Friday near Wilmington, North Carolina. Its center was moving west at only 6 mph (9 km/h) and about 50 miles south of Morehead City at around 1 a.m. (0500 GMT Friday).

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FBN's Gerri Willis on the businesses that have closed down operations in North Carolina and SC due to Hurricane Florence.

Joyce, with winds extending about 35 miles from its center, is expected to tap the brakes a bit and turn eastward by Friday night, and then accelerate northeastward over the weekend. By that time, emergency crews had already been deployed to parts of the state where people were trapped by floodwaters.

On Thursday evening, the Neuse River burst its banks which caused rapid flooding in New Bern, North Carolina, forcing residents to flee as the entire city lost power.

As of Friday morning, there were upwards of 20,000 people in 157 shelters across the state of North Carolina, and that number will only continue to climb as rescue efforts are now underway.

Atlantic Beach was receiving winds of roughly 65-75 miles per hour as of 3:30 p.m. Thursday, according to a Fox News report.

Still, he said: "I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth".

Another woman died in Pender County, North Carolina, after suffering a medical condition.

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

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