NASA video shows Hurricane Florence from space as it makes landfall

Residents 'trapped on roofs and in vehicles' as Hurricane Florence nears coast

Residents 'trapped on roofs and in vehicles' as Hurricane Florence nears coast

NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold also captured Florence making landfall from his spot on the orbiting outpost. Later in the day, trees could be seen on top of roofs, driveways and parked cars.

In a new demonstration of the network's CGI capabilities, hosts have presented from the centre of a digital storm surge to demonstrate the hurricane's damaging potential. The highest numbers are being reported in New Hanover County.

Morehead City resident Rebecca Marson decided not to evacuate because her surgeon husband wanted to remain behind with other first responders.

By Friday evening, the centre of the storm had moved to eastern SC, with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.

More than 1.7 million people in Virginia, North and SC were told to evacuate ahead of Florence's arrival.

Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 kilometers) from its center. Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm and further downgraded to a tropic storm on Friday evening. Seventy people had to be pulled from a collapsing hotel at the height of the storm, and many more who defied evacuation orders were hoping to be rescued.

Residents at Trent Court Apartments wait out the weather as rising waters get closer to their doors.

"The National Hurricane Center said Florence is moving very slowly to the west at only 6 miles an hour, then is expected to turn to the southwest, increasing the threat for historic storm surge and catastrophic flooding to coastline areas and inland cities in North Carolina and SC".

The storm was expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said.

"This storm will bring destruction", said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.

According to CNN meteorologists, as of early Friday morning, New Bern had already seen more than 10 feet of storm surge and more than 7 inches of rainfall.

About150 people were awaiting rescue in New Bern, N.C. early Friday morning, and multiple news outlets report some 60 people had to be evacuated from a motel in Jacksonville, N.C. overnight after it sustained structural damage as the Category 1 hurricane made landfall.

It was expected to begin pushing its way westward across SC later in the day, in a watery siege that could go on all weekend.

Images and video posted on Twitter from the town of Washington, North Carolina, show that floodwaters have travelled as much as 30 miles (nearly 50 kilometers) inland along the Pamlico River, drowning the riverfront. Some 3,000 people died in the aftermath of that storm.

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