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15 September, 2018, 05:11 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • Hurricane Florence makes landfall in North Carolina

"But I think we're ready".

Here is the newest information on Tropical Storm Florence as it lands on the East Coast.

Hours before the storm made landfall Friday, workers at New Bern's WCTI-TV NewsChannel 12 had to abandon their studio for the "first time in history", the station posted on Facebook Thursday night. Gov. Roy Cooper warned, describing day after day of disastrous weather to come.

A 78-year-old man was electrocuted attempting to connect extension cords while another man perished when he was blown down by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs.

Emergency officials warned residents that the peril had probably not passed, as the storm continued to dump torrential rain.

A mother and her baby died when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina.

"Florence is still a risky storm", said Rebecca Fuller, a meteorologist with Radiant Solutions in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

While he didn't know the family at the centre of the tragedy, it was devastating for him to see bereaved relatives coming to the house after they heard what happened. "It doesn't get any worse".

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.

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WXII-TV reported that 150 people were waiting to be rescued from rising waters in the city New Bern.

At the time, the storm carried winds of about 90 miles per hour (145 km/h), making it a Category 1 storm, but that ranking belies the hurricane's massive clouds and the downpour it is visiting on the coastline, with some areas already drenched in 30 inches (76 centimeters) of rain.

Its top sustained winds have dropped to 70km/h and it's at a near standstill, moving west at just 6 km/h.

Hundreds of thousands of people in the Carolinas and Virginia have been forced to evacuate as Hurricane Florence battered the eastern coast of the USA, including more than 3,000 prisoners who have been relocated from jails in the path of Florence.

Roughly 1 million people are under evacuation orders.

The centre urges people within the affected areas to take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other risky conditions. Others could only wait and hope someone would come for them. "We are stuck in the attic".

Hurricane Florence remains a significant storm surge and flash flood event, according to the latest public advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

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.

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