Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Hurricane Florence makes landfall in North Carolina


Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 am 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.

Coastal streets flowed with ocean water, and more than 460,000 homes and businesses were without power, mostly in North Carolina, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the nation's electrical grid.

In New Bern, North Carolina, rescue workers from a local fire department and other volunteers came to the aid of a woman and her pup, who were trapped in their flooded home.

WXII-TV reports the city of New Bern said Friday that two out-of-state FEMA teams were working on swift-water rescues and more teams were on the way. Traffic lights out of order because of power failures swayed in the gusty wind.

As of Friday morning, Atlantic Beach, a town on North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier island chain, had already received 76cm of rain, the US Geological Service said.

A North Carolina city says about 70 people have been rescued from a hotel whose structural integrity is being threatened by Hurricane Florence. "This is just the beginning".

Roy Cooper warned residents to not let their guard down ahead of Hurricane Florence's landfall later this week. "This will cause extremely risky flooding", the Federal Emergency Management Agency warned.

Hurricane Florence rolls ashore in Carolinas, tears buildings apart
ET, Florence was centred about 135 kilometres east-southeast of Wilmington , its forward movement slowed to seven km/h. Hurricane-force winds extended 130 kilometres from its centre, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 315 kilometres.

Florence's fiercest winds will linger around the coast for hours since the storm was moving forward at only 6 mph (9 km/h).

Florence arrived at the Carolina coast as a Category 1 storm, with winds far slower than the fearsome 150 miles per hour of just a few days ago. They're riding out the storm at their home with four children - ages 11 to 17 - Marson's friend, four dogs, two chinchillas, a cat and a lizard.

On the mainland in New Bern, authorities said more than 100 people had to be saved from floods and that the downtown area was underwater. Footage posted on social media showed a meteorologist saying on air that they had to evacuate.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, city officials posted photos of toppled gas pumps and a downed trees early Friday, warning residents to take shelter and avoid roadways.

Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms.

National Hurricane Center: Florence about to make landfall in N. Carolina causing life-threatening storm surge.

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