Hurricane Florence in pictures: ‘1,000 year event’ storm LASHES US east coast

People survey damage and flooding brought by Hurricane Florence to Front Street in downtown New Bern N.C. Friday

Hurricane Florence has arrived.

Gov. Roy Cooper confirmed one of the deaths occurred in Lenoir County, when someone was plugging in a generator, according to a press release.

The casualties include a mother and baby who were killed when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Top sustained winds are now about 100 km/h and the storm is moving to the west-southwest at 7 km/h - a track that is expected to continue through early Saturday.

In New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River left 500 people in peril.

More than 760,000 customers in North Carolina were without power and 21,000 people were being housed in 157 shelters across the state.

The storm made landfall at Wrightsville Beach at 7:15 a.m., with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency on the federal level Tuesday for the Carolinas and Virginia . As of now, Florence is due to make landfall very early Friday morning, somewhere in the Carolinas.


The storm roared ashore under the cover of darkness, pummeling the region with pounding rain, widespread flooding and catastrophic winds.

New Bern mayor Dana Outlaw discusses ongoing rescue efforts.

And Hurricane Florence, though far from the fastest-windspeed storm in recent memory, remains a significant threat precisely due to the large surge and huge rainfall it's dumping on affected areas.

Hundreds of residents were rescued on Friday, and the city was placed under a 24-hour curfew until further notice.

Nearly 800,000 people are reported to be without power already in North Carolina, and officials have warned restoring electricity could take days or even weeks.

That kind of scenario is likely to repeat itself all over communities in Eastern North Carolina, as swollen rivers flood towns and the pouring rain adds to the misery. Those conditions were expected to worsen significantly.

Onslow County, located about 50 miles to the northeast of Wilmington, has been hit particularly hard. And as of Saturday morning, several other locations scattered across the county were on the verge of passing the 20-inch mark.

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Forecasters said Florence could become an extremely risky major hurricane sometime Monday and remain that way for days. Hurricane Florence , the Category 2 storm heading straight for my parents' SC house, has the country on high alert.


Nearly 20,000 people had taken refuge in 157 emergency shelters, Mr Cooper said. The shelter remains safe.

A friend later tweeted that the woman and her family had been rescued. Dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162, or text Florence to 898211.

Governor Cooper has activated more than 2,800 National Guard soldiers to preserve life and safety, provide clearance of roads, and support communications and logistics. That should spell some relief for the inundated areas of Onslow county, but unfortunately puts the city of Wilmington, southeast coastal communities of North Carolina and northeast areas of SC in the line of fire instead.

Volunteer rescue teams from across the country joined emergency responders in rescuing families trapped by the floodwaters.

Kim Adams makes her way to her home that is surrounded by flood waters after Florence passed through the area on September 15, 2018 in Southport, North Carolina.

All North Carolina state parks are already closed or will close today and will remain closed through Sunday. For the full list of closings, visit the DNCR website.

Though Florence's shrieking winds diminished from hurricane force as it came ashore, forecasters said the sheer size of the 350-mile-wide storm and its painfully slow progress across North and SC in the coming days could leave much of the region under water.

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Although it was once a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 140mph, the hurricane was downgraded to a Category 1 on Thursday night. Eudy and his family stayed home in New Bern in part to protect their house. "We just need to figure out how to make it through".


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