Hurricane Florence: North Carolina family's garage submerged in water

Hurricane Florence: North Carolina family's garage submerged in water

"The father was transported to (New Hanover Regional Medical Center) with injuries".

In a hurricane, as Live Science has reported, the most significant threat is flooding, not the high winds.

Forecasters said conditions will deteriorate as the storm pushes ashore early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and makes its way slowly inland. "The storm is wreaking havoc on our state".

In southeastern coastal North Carolina into far northeastern SC up to 40 inches of rain could fall, producing "catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", said the NHC.

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

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

In New Bern, Sarah Risty-Davis is one of the residents who opted not to follow a mandatory evacuation order that was issued three days ago.

"What happens is that we rescue some people and then we find out there are still more who need it", he said. But officials are warning not to get rid of all your water and bread just yet."People think they might be far away from the storm, but it can still cause impacts to inland communities", said FEMA spokesperson Daniel Llargues.

He said 20,000 people were being housed in 157 shelters across the state.

Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wilmington on Friday morning, battering the coastal city with strong winds and torrential rain.

But Jeff Byard of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says saving lives is the priority, and anyone fearing for their safety should call 911 for help.

"A big worry about Hurricane Florence is that it's not acting like a normal hurricane", said Al Jazeera's Andy Gallacher, reporting from Wilmington, North Carolina.

At the moment, there are no projected tropical storms in the seven-day forecast, said meteorologist Eswar Iyer of the National Weather Service's office in Wakefield.

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At least 150 people are still waiting to be rescued from the attics and rooftops of their homes as of 1 p.m. Friday, said New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw, whose adult daughter had 1 foot of water in her own home, he said.

Downed trees, branches on the hurricane-lashed streets of Wilmington, North Carolina. The streets were mostly deserted and some were blocked by fallen trees.

"The slower it moves, the longer these rain bands take", National Hurricane Center Ken Graham warned.

We moved all the furniture up in case the water comes in but the water seems to be staying at the edge of the driveway, he said, adding that if the wind picks up and the rain keeps coming, that could change.

Over 60 people had to be pulled out of a collapsing motel in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and hundreds were saved as water levels rose.

He said that only 300 of the city's 22,000 residents have power as of Friday afternoon, as the hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm. Harris Teeter, a Kroger Co. subsidiary, announced closings for 24 stores in North Carolina and 18 stores in SC.

In Wilmington, Mason Tarr said he spent the night at a friend's house but didn't sleep well.

The now Category 1 storm's intensity diminished as it neared land, with winds dropping to 90 miles per hour (135 kph) by nightfall. "I wonder how it would have been with a Category 4 or 5".

Volunteer Amber Hersel from the Civilian Crisis Response Team helps rescue 7-year-old Keiyana Cromartie and her family from their flooded home in James City. We have steps on the sides of the house so it's a few feet off the ground anyway.

A Weather Channel reporter looked to have played up the drama and severity of Hurricane Florence in a hilarious video that has been circulating on Twitter.

More than 1 million people had been ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia and thousands have moved to emergency shelters.

Parts of North and SC were forecast to get as much as one metre of rain.

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