Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Watch Hurricane Florence Make Landfall in This Incredible Space Station Video

Watch Hurricane Florence Make Landfall in This Incredible Space Station Video

Areas like New Bern also could see an additional 3 to 5 feet of storm surge as high tide combines with the seawater still being pushed ashore by Florence, Graham said.

Wilmington was battered by high winds and rising flood water as a pier was smashed by a huge wave.

States of emergency have already been declared in both North and SC.

As of 1 p.m. ET, the storm's sustained winds dropped to 75 miles per hour as it wobbled west-southwestward near the coast, delaying its expected move inland, the National Hurricane Center said.

The massive system weakened into a tropical storm in the late afternoon but across the region, emergency officials warned that more water was yet to come, with cresting rivers and flash flooding fed by the unending rain. Duke Energy expects between 1 million to 3 million homes and businesses to lose power.

Forecasters said "catastrophic" freshwater flooding was expected along waterways far from the coast of North and SC.

A mother and infant were killed in Wilmington, North Carolina, when a tree fell on their home.

The most affected areas are in North Carolina, particularly the counties of Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Johnston, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Sampson, Wake, and Wayne.

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Neighbour Adam Sparks said he noticed emergency responders arrive at the house across the street right around when his power went out and the storm was intensifying.

Most of the rivers in northeast SC and eastern North Carolina are experiencing moderate to major flooding and, in some cases, many continue rising well into next week as floodwaters from the interior flow downstream.

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Major river flooding expected to continue into early next week.

"I had a lot of fear initially but I'm glad to be inside and safe", said Zelda Allen, 74, a retired tax accountant from Hampstead, North Carolina, who was riding out the storm at Wilmington's Hotel Ballast with her husband.

The centre of the slow-moving storm, downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane after it came ashore Friday afternoon, was almost stalled over SC early Saturday, about 55 kilometres west of Myrtle Beach, moving west-southwest at just 8 km/h and scooping massive amounts of moisture from the sea. It came ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

Florence's eye made landfall over the Wrightsville Beach water tower about 7:15 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Wilmington. Some other parts of SC could see rainfall totals of up to 15 inches, forecasters said.

The Triangle is under a flash flood warning until 8 p.m. Sunday. "If the number seems really insane high, you always have to have some suspicion until we can actually get out and verify it". "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU".

Florence is only moving to the west at 2 miles per hour.

Boat teams including volunteers rescued some 360 residents, including Sadie Marie Holt, 67, who first tried to row out of her neighborhood during Florence's assault.

Ashley Warren and boyfriend Chris Smith managed to paddle away from their home in a boat with their two dogs and were left her shaken.

Florence also blew down trees, including one that went through the roof of Kevin DiLoreto's home in Wilmington.

"I honestly cried", Kittrell said.

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