Florence plows inland, leaving five dead, states flooded

Hurricane Florence Could Kill 'A Lot Of People' As It Batters US Coast

Hurricane Florence Could Kill 'A Lot Of People' As It Batters US Coast

Right now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center is predicting that Florence will become a tropical storm tomorrow (Sept. 15) over SC, continue northwest to eastern Kentucky, then swing northeast and track over most of New England early next week.

Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles.

Hurricane Florence's came ashore at Wrightsville Beach, near Wilmington, N.C., at 7:15 a.m. ET on Friday with sustained winds of 90 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

An ominous tweet appeared on a historic North Carolina community's Twitter feed about 2 a.m. Friday.

Residents at Trent Court Apartments wait out the weather as rising waters get closer to their doors. Significant weakening was expected over the weekend. As of Friday morning, Atlantic Beach, a town on the state's Outer Banks barrier islands, already had received 30 inches (76 cm) of rain, the U.S. Geological Service said.

Several million people could lose power by the time Florence sloshes its way through the state. "Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other risky conditions", the hurricane center briefing said.

New Hanover County officials said Thursday morning that it could accept more residents seeking shelter at Trask Middle School, Eaton Elementary School, Codington Elementary School, the Johnson Pre-K Center and Noble Middle School.

As of 1 p.m. ET, more than a foot of rain had fallen in many towns in southeastern North Carolina.

Almost 900,000 homes and businesses were without power in the Carolinas early on Friday, utility officials said.

The NHC said the threat of tornadoes was increasing as Florence neared shore and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said the heavy rain could trigger landslides in the west of his state.

Still, she said, "I think we're going to stay put", noting her neighborhood's past success in avoiding power outages and flooding.

During a live Weather Channel broadcast from Wilmington, North Carolina, Seidel is seemingly holding on for his life.

Florence plowed into the Carolinas and lumbered slowly inland on Friday, knocking down trees, gorging rivers, dumping sheets of rain and leaving five people dead before it was downgraded to a tropical storm still capable of wreaking havoc.

While Florence's winds won't be as intense as first feared, the storm could dump as much as 3 feet of rain and generate storm surges as high as 13 feet in coastal areas, the weather service said.

Still, he said: "I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth". Over 60 people had to be pulled out of a collapsing motel in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and hundreds were saved as water levels rose. "Little rough but we're all out", a tweet said. Through noon Friday, 96 stores in the Carolinas and one in Virginia were closed because of the storm.

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