Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina Friday morning, bringing howling winds up to 90 miles per hour, reports The Associated Press. Hurricane-force winds were extending out up to 80 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extended up to 195 miles, the center said.
Footage shows a pier and a beach in Nags Head, North Carolina, being hit with heavy surf as the storm rolls into the area. "We will have catastrophic effects". He was pleased to get the texts, a sign that he still had cell phone reception, and chose to go rev up his generator that is now powering is refrigerator and his satellite TV, which he's spent a portion of Friday watching.
When all is said and done, Florence could dump 18 trillion gallons along its path, according to meteorologist Ryan Maue.
New Bern's WCTI television employees fled their studio Thursday night due to rising flood waters. "The evacuation was county wide but since we're not in a flood zone, we weren't really anxious about that", she told VOA. "We have also gotten calls from family members anxious about relatives they can't reach". We have steps on the sides of the house so it's a few feet off the ground anyway.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said Florence was set to cover nearly all of the state in several feet of water. The city said two FEMA teams were working on swift-water rescues and more were on the way. More than 60 people had to be rescued in another town as a cinderblock motel collapsed at the height of the storm's fury.
Hurricane Florence smashed into the Carolinas yesterday, pounding coastal areas with high winds, a surge of sea water and torrential rain.
The center said the threat of freshwater flooding will increase over the next several days.
Hurricane Florence on the eastern coast of the United States.
By 2 p.m. Saturday, the storm won't even be halfway across SC, forecasters say. Authorities say at least 20,000 people have evacuated their homes and are sought refuge in shelters throughout North Carolina.
The National Hurricane Center said a gauge in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, reported 6.3 feet (1.92 meters) of inundation.
For people living inland in the Carolinas, the moment of maximum peril from flash flooding could arrive days later, because it takes time for rainwater to drain into rivers and for those streams to crest.
Tornadoes are also possible.
The Weather Channel defended their reporter in a statement on Friday.
Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but its unclear how many did. Officials say anyone who has not heeded mandatory evacuation orders is on his or her own.
The police chief of Wrightsville Beach suggested that those who chose to stay give him their next-of-kin contact information.
The White House said on Friday President Donald Trump had spoken with state and local officials, assuring them the federal government was prepared to help.
At the Walmart Emergency Operations Center (EOC), representatives from across the retailer's business have been working to help its facilities, associates and customers prepare for and respond to Florence.
"So dramatic!" one Twitter user wrote with the video clip.
He said parts of North Carolina had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 10 feet.