Over 722,000 without power as Florence batters Carolinas

NASA video shows Hurricane Florence from space as it makes landfall

Hurricane Florence is battering North Carolina with wild winds and a powerful storm surge.

The hurricane hit the coast around 7:15 a.m. ET, after being downgraded from a Category 4 to a Category 1 storm the day before.

Farther up the coast, in New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River trapped people.

Rainfall will be one of the most destructive elements of hurricane Florence, with heavy rain triggering risky flash floods and potential landslides.

Some parts of North Carolina have already seen surges as high as 10ft (3m) in places. Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it was unclear how many did.

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

Forecasters say it is now moving into eastern SC, crawling along at just 3mph (4.8km/h).

President Donald Trump is expected to travel to areas hit by Florence next week, once it is determined his travel will not disrupt any rescue or recovery efforts, the White House said on Friday.

Governor Cooper said the hurricane was likely to "continue its violent grind across the state for days". The storm is then expected to turn westward and then northward through the Carolinas and to the Ohio Valley by Monday, the NHC said. The record was set by Hurricane Helene in 1958 with 135 miles per hour.

Tom Balance, owner of a seafood restaurant in New Bern, had decided against evacuating his home and was soon alarmed to see waves coming off the Neuse and the water getting higher and higher.

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Some people were arrested for breaking into cars as Hurricane Florence approached North Carolina Thursday night, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram told ABC Wilmington affiliate WWAY-TV.

Officials have warned people against entering attics, so as to avoid drowning, unless they have a means to cut through to the roof.

"We've got nearly 20,000 people in 157 shelters", Cooper said.

The port city of Wilmington woke Friday to the sound of exploding electrical transformers with strong gusts throwing street signs and other debris as well as water in all directions, according to an AFP reporter at the scene. Rainfall of up to 20 to 40 inches could fall over the next five days in some areas, forecasters say.

Storm surges, punishing winds and rain are turning some towns into rushing rivers - and the storm is expected to crawl over parts of the Carolinas into the weekend, pounding some of the same areas over and over. The crash happened just after 9:30 p.m. and Lee was reportedly wearing a seatbelt and the only one in the vehicle, according to Capt. Kelley Hughes with South Carolina Highway Patrol.

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It remained a Category 1 hurricane with top sustained winds of 80 miles per hour , but stronger gusts have been reported. Hurricane Florence has claimed the lives of four people in North Carolina, and left hundreds of thousands without power.


A fatal collision on Saturday morning left two injured and one dead in Georgetown County, SC.

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