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Hurricane Florence Highlights: Downgraded to tropical storm, Florence trudges inland in the Carolinas

Hurricane Florence Highlights: More than one million residents from coastal areas of North and South Carolina and Virginia have been ordered to evacuate. Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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.

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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

Source: AP 

NHC 11 am advisory

Hurricane Florence on the eastern coast of the United States

Source: (NOAA via AP)

Tropical Storm Florence continues to wreak havoc

(Source: Reuters)

Storm moves slowly across Eastern South Carolina

Florence continues to cause catastrophic flooding across North and South Carolina

Power outage across South Carolina: Use flashlights, not candles

A woman in a wheelchair and attached to a respiratory system rescued by members of the US Army

(Reuters)

Water from the Neuse river floods houses during the passing of Hurricane Florence

(Reuters)

Flash flood warnings

24/7 helpline number by South Carolina Emergency Management Division

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

Warning against drinking well water

The Division of Public Health has advised against drinking well water in flooded areas. 

Weatherman shares video of tropical storm Florence

US Department of Defense on field to assist the Florence County Sheriff’s Department in rescue operations

Tornada warnings issued

The National Weather Service tweeted out tornado warnings.

National Weather Service provides graph on flooding levels in Trent River

FEMA issues safety tips

Tropical strom Florence as viewed from space

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

'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

(Jordan Guthrie via AP)

Flood waters are seen in Belhaven, North Carolina

Source: Reuters

Power outage total reaches 4,85,143 homes

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

Donald Trump appreciates FEMA, first responders

Tornado warning issued by National Weather Service

High winds and storm surge from Hurricane Florence in North Carolina

Source: AP

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.

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.

People wait to be rescued by members of the U.S. Army during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern, North Carolina, US. (Reuters)

The storm was expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern South Carolina on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and the central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said. The significant weakening was expected over the weekend.

About 1.7 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders, and millions of others live in areas likely to be affected by the storm. A state of emergency was declared in five coastal states -- North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia.

Florence was one of two major storms threatening millions of people on opposite sides of the world. Super Typhoon Mangkhut was expected to hit an area in the Philippines on Saturday that would affect 5.2 million people.

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