BREAKING: Hurricane Florence causes `catastrophic´ flooding after hitting US coast
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Hurricane Florence has hit the US coast leaving streets inundated with ocean water and tens of thousands of homes without power.
The centre of the hurricane made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina, bringing with it life-threatening storm surges and 90mph winds.
The article goes on to state the following:
The National Hurricane Centre warned there would be “catastrophic” fresh water flooding over a wide area of the Carolinas.
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 60 people had to be evacuated from a motel at risk of collapse in Jacksonville. Parts of buildings ripped apart by the storm flew through the air.
Authorities in the North Carolina city of New Bern said there are around 150 people waiting to be rescued from rising flood waters.
The US National Hurricane Centre said that a gauge in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, recently reported 6.3ft of inundation. Emerald Isle is about 84 miles north of Wilmington.
— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) September 13, 2018
More than 415,000 homes and businesses were without power on Friday morning, according to poweroutage.us which tracks the nation’s electrical grid.
Screaming winds bent trees and led to near-horizontal rain as Florence’s leading edge whipped the Carolina coast to begin an onslaught that could last for days, leaving a wide area underwater from both heavy downpours and rising seas.
The homes of about 10 million are under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.
Forecasters said conditions will deteriorate as the storm pushes ashore near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and makes its way slowly inland.
Stay safe and shelter away from windows on the lowest floor that’s not subject to flooding. If you get trapped in a flooded building, go to the highest floor but do NOT enter a closed attic.
— FEMA (@fema) September 14, 2018
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