Near 440,000 without power as Florence batters Carolinas

The Triangle is starting to feel effects of Hurricane Florence as thousands lose power | News & Observer

Hurricane Florence, 'An Uninvited Brute,' Grinds N.C. Coast And Floods Inland Rivers

With graphics depicting an intersection on a street in the American state of North Carolina, the forecaster explains what is likely to happen as the water engulfs the state's coastline amid sound effects of wind, rain and rushing water.

It remains a Category 1 hurricane with top sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph), but a gust of 112 miles per hour (180 kph) was reported just offshore.

The barrier island of Emerald Isle is under water, with ocean waves rolling in over a six-foot storm surge and crashing into homes.

That said, the storm is still expected to stall once it hits the Wilmington coast, with weather officials early Thursday raising the expected total rainfall for Wilmington to 35 inches - weather officials had predicted 30 inches for Wilmington in briefings released Wednesday.

It's about the water, not the wind, with Hurricane Florence making an extended stay along the North Carolina coast. More than 1.7 million were ordered to evacuate in advance of the storm. Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles, the hurricane center said.

The Miami-based center says Florence is bringing "catastrophic" fresh water flooding over a wide area of the Carolinas.

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Among those volunteers was the Cajun Navy, a volunteer rescue organization formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Four shelters were now open, Roberts said, adding that dispatchers received a call for 17 people stranded all on one street.

Response teams had already "brought in busloads" of rescued people from areas including Fairfield Harbor, New Bern, Adams Creek and Township 7, she said.

A mother and child died in Wilmington when a tree fell on their home, police tweeted. Roberts said numerous residents live near the Neuse and Trent rivers.

When all is said and done, Florence could dump 18 trillion gallons along its path, according to meteorologist Ryan Maue. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU".

Little change in strength was expected before Florence moves inland, according to the NHC.

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A man electrocuted while plugging in a generator during a heavy rain and another knocked down by wind were among the other casualties reported from the monster storm lashing the Southeast.

The National Hurricane Center said early Friday that a gauge in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, recently reported 6.3 feet (1.92 meters) of inundation. Emerald Isle is about 84 miles (135 kilometers) north of Wilmington.

Standing in front of a green screen, Navarro can be seen demonstrating the ultimate power of rising water levels.

The National Hurricane Center says that "catastrophic" freshwater flooding is expected over portions of the Carolinas as Hurricane Florence inches closer to the U.S. East Coast.

The storm's intensity diminished as it neared land, with winds dropping to 90 miles per hour (135 kph) by nightfall.

"Florence is an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper told NPR's Morning Edition.

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