Hurricane Florence: North Carolina devastated by ‘CATASTROPHIC’ floods

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The father was also home, and he was taken to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Hurricane Florence made landfall on Friday morning near Wrightsville Beach, N.C., according to the National Hurricane Center.

The Neuse River in New Bern, North Carolina yesterday began to flow over its banks, triggering flooding as waters continued to rise from torrential rainfall.

A tornado watch was also in effect for parts of North Carolina.

Residents can be seen wading through deep floodwater in New Bern as they attempt to retrieve their belongings.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper called Florence an "uninvited brute" that could wipe out entire communities as it grinds across the state. The hurricane, which has been downgraded from a category four storm to a category two, is not expected to weaken any further before it hits the coast.

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Downed trees, branches on the hurricane-lashed streets of Wilmington, North Carolina.

The water starts at her feet, rising behind her to three feet and "coming up my shins towards my waist", then to six feet and finally to nine feet, dwarfing her as she warns of the storm surge.

In a hurricane, as Live Science has reported, the most significant threat is flooding, not the high winds.

We moved all the furniture up in case the water comes in but the water seems to be staying at the edge of the driveway, he said, adding that if the wind picks up and the rain keeps coming, that could change.

"We are still trying to rescue about 150 residents that did not evacuate, and we are now going in with water rescues to get these folks to a shelter", Outlaw said.

"We've got nearly 20,000 people in 157 shelters", Cooper said.

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Forecasters warned that drenching rains of 30 centimetres to 1 metre as the hurricane-turned-tropical storm crawls westward across North and SC could trigger epic flooding well inland over the next few days.

As Hurricane Florence sidesteps Greater Williamsburg, many locals are wondering what to do with all their extra supplies. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says more than 16 inches of rain have fallen at locations in southeast North Carolina and another 20 to 25 inches is on the way. The company said that, in advance of the storm, it has shipped 1,000 truckloads of water, over 60,000 cases of batteries and 33 truckloads of personal generators.

Just a few minutes before the now-Category 1 storm made landfall, cameras on board the International Space Station managed to catch the mesmerising footage below.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence will eventually make a right hook to the northeast over the southern Appalachians, moving into the Mid-Atlantic states and New England as a tropical depression by the middle of next week.

Roy Cooper, governor for North Carolina, said: "The sun rose this morning on an extremely risky situation and it's going to get worse".

Early on Friday, South Carolina emergency officials said there was still time, "but not a lot of time" for people to leave flood-prone areas.

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