Hurricane Florence Storm Surge Floods North Carolina, Knocks Out Power

Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm late Thursday, and now contains maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Atlantic Beach was receiving winds of roughly 65-75 miles per hour as of 3:30 p.m. Thursday, according to a Fox News report.

After that, Florence is forecast to move northwest and north and move across western SC on Sunday, Sept. 15, and across western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee on Monday, Sept. 16, the NHC said.

"A storm surge warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline".

Earlier this morning, the New Bern Police Department pushed out a tweet showing water rescues in the city.

Jamie Thompson walks through flooded sections of East Front Street near Union Point Park in New Bern, N.C. Forecasters said conditions will deteriorate throughout Friday.

Even when the water is at six feet and over her head, Navarro says that she would not be able to stand and that there are likely dangers such as chemicals or exposed power lines in the water.

Florence's expected slowdown means a prolonged period near the coast, said the hurricane center's Joel Cline.

"We're a little anxious about the storm surge so we came down to see what the river is doing now", said Linda Smith, 67, a retired nonprofit director. That deluge will lead to "catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged, significant river flooding", according to the NHC.

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"A state of emergency is a good indicator that residents should remain alert and follow officials' orders, news stations and weather forecasts in order to be informed of the situation", Russell Strickland, executive director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, said in a statement earlier this week.

The images, captured from249 miles above the storm, captured Florence as it draws close to North Carolina's coast.

Structures, such as this one in Swansboro, collapsed as the storm surge and hurricane force winds whipped through the area.

Members of the Missouri Search and Rescue, part of FEMA, unload their gear at a staging area as Hurricane Florence starts to make landfall in Lealand, North Carolina, Sept. 13, 2018.

According to the BBC, floodwaters may ride up to 13ft (4 metres) and Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator, Brock Long, explained: "So this is a very risky storm". Millions of people have evacuated to inland communities as the storm churns westward.

According to CNN, the hurricane hit the east coast of the U.S. with 90-mph winds and relentless rain.

Roads and intersections on North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands were inundated.

By the time it leaves, it's expected to have unloaded 10 trillion gallons of rainfall in North Carolina, weather.us meteorologist Ryan Maue said. "The shelters are not taking dogs", Ramirez said. "I'm not leaving him here". In Wilmington, residents who had decided not to evacuate were lining up to get ice from a vending machine - $2 for a 16-pound (7.2-kilo) bag. "I have no generator", said Petra Langston, a nurse.

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