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Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall in North Carolina

Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall in North Carolina

Heavy rainfall began after dark.

And as the storm pushes inland, it could dump 6-10 inches as far inland as Charlotte and Raleigh in North Carolina as well as in Roanoke, Virginia, he said.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm and more than one million were ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia.

Beyond Friday's torrential rain, multi-foot storm surge and widespread power outages, Florence will continue to batter the region through early next week.

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Hurricane Florence's strong wind tore apart this gas pump in Wilimington, North Carolina. Pentagon officials said the strategy was developed, in large part, to the lessons learned from hurricane response efforts mounted past year.

But North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned: "Don't relax, don't get complacent. Today the threat becomes a reality".

Authorities in New Bern said more than 100 people had to be saved from floods and that the downtown area was underwater.

About 400 Virginians are in shelters, Stern estimated.

What damage will it cause?

The storm surge will be near and to the right of where the eye of the hurricane makes landfall. "We can not underestimate this storm".

Trinidadians living overseas are vigorously preparing themselves for the hurricane.

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

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This will take place heading into early next week.

Wilmington resident Julie Terrell was plenty concerned after walking to breakfast past a row of shops fortified with boards, sandbags and hurricane shutters.

Fortunately for House, he says this storm should not be a devastating event for the beach town in terms of loss of life. "Because it's Mother Nature". That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimeters) of water, he calculated. Public officials have been warning residents to evacuate the East Coast for the last few days, though plenty of people have chosen to bunker down in their homes, and it remains to be seen how many people may need to be rescued from the imminent floods and areas that lose power.

"We are not turning away that help", she said. "If you are heading out, be careful", said WRAL Brian Shrader. "A storm can come and wipe your house out overnight".

Duke has said it could take several weeks to fully restore power in areas that are inaccessible due to flooding.

FBN's Gerri Willis on the businesses that have closed down operations in North Carolina and SC due to Hurricane Florence.

By 11 a.m. (1500 GMT) the winds had dropped to 80 mph and the center was about 5 miles (3.1 km) inland, 20 miles (30 km) southwest of Wilmington, and moving west at a sluggish 3 mph (5 kph).

Forecast models suggest the heaviest rain will focus near the coast around the SC and North Carolina border.

Scientists said it is too soon to say what role, if any, global warming played in the storm.

According to a study in June, hurricanes and typhoons, on average, appear to be slowing down in part because of human-caused climate change.

The storm's movement, not its strength, has forecasters and officials anxious.

"I have no generator", said Petra Langston, a nurse. "I've got four cats inside the house. This may be worse than what we've seen before", Assistant Fire Chief Joey Roberts said during a press conference Wednesday.