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.