In the United States of America there were the first victims of the hurricane "Florence"

Gwen Vasquez
September 16, 2018

The National Hurricane Center said Florence was forecast to keep moving farther inland across the Carolinas through the weekend before turning toward the central Appalachian Mountains early next week.

The NHC said hurricane-force winds extended outward 35 miles (55 kms) from the center of the storm and tropical storm-force winds extended almost 170 miles (280 kms) out.

Hurricane Florence won't just leave fallen trees and flooded streets in its wake.

Reilly sells real estate in the Charleston area has seen his share of storms over the past two decades, including Tropical Storm Gaston in 2004 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Weeks after forming off the African coast, Florence is forecast to finally make landfall later on Friday.

A spokesperson for the ABC affiliate said roads around the building were flooding. He said parts of the state had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 10 feet.

The eye of the storm reached Wrightsville Beach, several miles east of Wilmington, at around 7:15 a.m. eastern time (1215 GMT), with the estimated maximum wind of 150 km/h.

Video posted on Twitter showed a meteorologist telling viewers they'd be taken to coverage from sister station WPDE in Myrtle Beach.

And cameras aboard the International Space Station managed to catch incredible footage just a few minutes after the storm's landfall.

Hurricane Florence became a deadly storm Friday, claiming three lives in Hampstead and Wilmington as it roared into, and stalled over, the Wilmington region.

Forecasters said Florence's surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet of sea water. CoBank ACB, an agricultural lender, estimates damage to North Carolina farming could hit $1 billion before the storm slows.

"Flash flooding will be extreme and flood waters will come up quickly and seemingly out of nowhere", the governor said.

More than 24 hours after Florence caused major flooding in New Bern, N.C., the city announced that all people who needed rescuing had reached safety.

Federal officials are urging anyone who ignored orders to evacuate from Hurricane Florence to hunker down and stay put until the storm passes.

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It diminished from hurricane force as it came ashore, but forecasters said the 350-mile-wide storm's slow progress across North and SC could leave much of the region under water in the coming days.

Preparing for the worst, about 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians were deployed with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats.

Holt, who has diabetes and clogged arteries, said she stayed for doctor's appointments that were canceled at the last minute.

Wind speeds are kicking up far from the coast in central SC as Hurricane Florence slowly makes its way along the coast.

The National Weather Service said the area should get heavy rain through Sunday.

Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line, coming ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline. "We all know that".

Perry says his department has been in contact with power companies and gas pipeline operators.

"We're working as hard as we can", Hodges says.

Florence came ashore as a Category 1 hurricane with winds between 74 and 95 miles per hour, considered strong enough to damage homes, uproot trees and topple power lines.

The hurricane has torn buildings apart and knocked out power to more than 600,000 homes and businesses.

As of Friday morning, the state was housing nearly 20,000 people in 157 shelters, Gov. Cooper told Steve Inskeep of NPR's Morning Edition.

Cinder blocks that were part of the structure were crumbling in some places, and portions of the roof were missing.

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