Hurricane Florence made landfall in the US state of North Carolina early on Friday, knocking down trees, gorging rivers, dumping sheets of rain, and claiming lives before it was downgraded to a tropical storm still capable of wreaking havoc.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the core of Florence was located at 11 pm Friday about 20 kilometre west-northwest of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Top sustained winds are now about 65 mph, down from 90 mph.
The storm is moving to the west-southwest at 7 kph, a track that is expected to continue through early Saturday. Forecasters say catastrophic freshwater flooding is expected over parts of North Carolina and South Carolina ahead. But, as the storm moves inland, it is expected to weaken. It could become a depression by Saturday night.
Hurricane Florence hit the Carolina shores on Friday. More than 26,000 hunkered down in shelters, as rescue operations continues. Read highlights
Visuals from New Bern, North Carolina
NHC 11 am advisory
9/15 11 AM EDT: Here are the Key Messages for Tropical Storm #Florence. The storm's winds may be weaker, but life-threatening storm surge and catastrophic inland flooding continues. Full advisory: https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/5zzzevGPNe— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 15, 2018
Hurricane Florence on the eastern coast of the United States
Tropical Storm Florence continues to wreak havoc
Power outage across South Carolina: Use flashlights, not candles
More than 165,000 households are without power across SC due to #Florence. If you lose power try to use flashlights instead of candles. Never use a generator inside your home or garage. Keep it more than 20 feet away from your home, doors, and windows for safety. #scwx #sctweets— SCEMD (@SCEMD) September 15, 2018
A woman in a wheelchair and attached to a respiratory system rescued by members of the US Army
Water from the Neuse river floods houses during the passing of Hurricane Florence
North Carolina Gov says Florence could wipeout the entire community
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper called Florence an ``uninvited brute'' that could wipe out entire communities as it grinds its way across the land.
``The fact is this storm is deadly and we know we are days away from an ending,'' Cooper said.
360 people rescued till now from New Bern
As 400-mile-wide (645-kilometer-wide) Florence pounded away at the coast with torrential downpours and surging seas, rescue crews used boats to reach more than 360 people besieged by rising waters in New Bern, North Carolina, Friday while many of their neighbors awaited help. Dozens more were rescued from a collapsed motel, reported AP.
South Carolina Emergency Management Division warns against fake flood insurance policies
SCEMD asks citizens to follow local news to find out when it's safe to return to evacuated areas
With rainfall throughout the weekend and expected flooding, it will take time to assess the damage and hazards caused by Tropical Storm #Florence. Stay tuned to @SCEMD and your local news to find out when it's safe to return to evacuated areas. Be patient. Be safe.#PalmettoStrong
— SCEMD (@SCEMD) September 15, 2018
Warning against drinking well water
The Division of Public Health has advised against drinking well water in flooded areas.
#FlorenceNC If you have a private well, do not turn on the electricity to your pump until flood waters recede. If extensive flooding has occurred, do not drink the water. Use your water reserves and bottled water until you well water has been tested.— NC DPH (@NCPublicHealth) September 15, 2018
Weatherman shares video of tropical storm Florence
Yet another #Florence tropical squall is slamming us at the intracoastal in Wilmington, NC. We've been in these on and off for 24 hours! Nearly 70 tropical storms and hurricanes and I've never seen this magnitude of wind and rain last this long. pic.twitter.com/D4Rq7EM1xU— Mike Seidel (@mikeseidel) September 15, 2018
US Department of Defense on field to assist the Florence County Sheriff’s Department in rescue operations
169th Security Forces Squadron #airmen depart to assist the Florence County Sheriff’s Department and SLED with swift water and search & rescue efforts. More than 3,200 @SCNationalGuard #airmen and #soldiers have been mobilized in support of #TropicalStormFlorence efforts. pic.twitter.com/pfN0RkmWJP
— U.S. Dept of Defense (@DeptofDefense) September 15, 2018
National Weather Service provides graph on flooding levels in Trent River
FEMA issues safety tips
Tropical strom Florence as viewed from space
Here's a look at the sunset over #TropicalStormFlorence, captured by #GOESEast. The storm is expected to move inland across eastern South Carolina tonight and Saturday before turning north toward the western Carolinas early next week. Latest: https://t.co/ROE9PMfPdt pic.twitter.com/aLLEcUwCg0— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) September 15, 2018
Hurricane Florence downgraded to a tropical storm, but still dangerous
At 8.00 pm (0000 GMT), Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) but authorities warned the danger was far from over, predicting "life-threatening storm surges and strong winds" would persist through the night.
Hurricane Florece: Death toll rises to five
The dead included a mother and baby who were killed when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina. The child's injured father was taken to a hospital. In the state's Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris.Two people died in Lenoir County. 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, a county spokesman said, reported Reuters.
Hurricane Florence rolls ashore killing at least 2
Hurricane Florence rolled ashore in North Carolina with howling 90 mph winds and terrifying storm surge early Friday, killing at least two people and trapping hundreds more in high water as it settled in for what could be a long and extraordinarily destructive drenching.
More than 60 people had to be pulled from a collapsing cinderblock motel. Hundreds more were rescued elsewhere from rising water. Others could only wait and hope someone would come for them.
North Carolina governor warns, 'Hurricane Florence going to get worse'
North Carolina governor on Friday warned that Hurricane Florence 'will get worse.'
No storm-related deaths or serious injuries were reported in the hours immediately after Florence hit but authorities said more than 60 people, including many children and pets, had to be evacuated from a hotel in Jacksonville, North Carolina after strong winds caused parts of the roof to collapse.
Flash flood warnings in effect
12:55 PM EDT: A number of Flash Flood Warnings are in effect for portions of central and eastern North Carolina in association with #Florence. For more information see your local NWS office at https://t.co/SiZo8ozBbn @NWSMoreheadCity @NWSWilmingtonNC @NWSRaleigh pic.twitter.com/rUWs8jXbi5— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 14, 2018
'Its going to get worse,' says North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper
'The sun rose this morning on an extremely dangerous situation and it's going to get worse,' North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said at a news conference in Raleigh. 'To those in the storm's path, if you can hear me, please stay sheltered in place.' Cooper said Florence would 'continue its violent grind across the state for days.'
National Hurricane Center: Life-threatening inland flood hazard will continue for days
Hurricane Florence moves inland near Cape Fear, North Carolina -NHC
Hurricane Florence is located just inland near Cape Fear, North Carolina, bringing life-threatening storm surges and hurricane-force wind gusts, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Friday as reported by news agency Reuters
Wind and water from Hurricane Florence damages the highway leading off Harkers Island, NC
Flood waters are seen in Belhaven, North Carolina
Power outage total reaches 4,85,143 homes
Current statewide power outage total is at 485,143, with the highest concentration in Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Robeson, Sampson, Wake and Wayne counties. Find updates here: https://t.co/AXU5VpxXnK. #FlorenceNC— NC Emergency Managem (@NCEmergency) September 14, 2018
Hurricane Florence as seen from International Space Station
In this Sept. 12, 2018 photo provided by NASA, Hurricane Florence churns over the Atlantic Ocean heading for the U.S. east coast as seen from the International Space Station. Astronaut Alexander Gerst, who shot the photo, tweeted: 'Ever stared down the gaping eye of a category 4 hurricane? It's chilling, even from space.'
Cameras outside the space station captures Hurricane Florence
High winds and storm surge from Hurricane Florence in North Carolina
Hurricane Florence makes landfall
Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina at 7:15 AM EDT with estimated maximum winds of 90 mph (150 km/h), according to the National Hurricane Centre.
NEW: #Hurricane #Florence has made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina at 7:15 AM EDT (1115 UTC) with estimated maximum winds of 90 mph (150 km/h), and a minimum central pressure estimate of 958 mb (28.29"). https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/vzpe6MjTf9— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 14, 2018
More than 3,70,000 homes without power in North Carolina
According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, the number of homes without power appears to be more than 3,70,000.