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Hurricane Florence makes landfall in North Carolina

17 September 2018, 12:34 | Brenda Erickson

Hurricane Florence makes landfall in North Carolina

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Two people were killed in Lenoir County, according to Emergency Services Director Roger Dail during the storm.

At least 188,000 people were already without power in North and SC early on Friday.

A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from Wilmington police.

The father was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment, where no update was provided on his condition. When they got to the home, the woman was deceased, Chad McEwen, assistant county manager for Pender County, said.

The centre of Tropical Storm Florence has moved into SC, and both it and North Carolina continue to face powerful winds and catastrophic flooding.

The National Hurricane Center downgraded it to a tropical storm on Friday, but warned that life-threatening storm surges - in which water is pushed by a storm over land that would normally be dry - catastrophic freshwater flooding were still expected.

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The port city of Wilmington woke Friday to the sound of exploding electrical transformers with strong gusts throwing street signs and other debris as well as water in all directions, according to an AFP reporter at the scene. "It's better to just leave and then come back and see what has happened all at once".

About 20,000 people in North Carolina sought refuge in more than 150 shelters in the hours leading up to Florence making landfall, officials said.

MPR News reports that half-million homes and businesses are without power, a statistic that will likely rise as the storm expands its reach.

"Rescue workers are working in unsafe conditions that will only get worse today", said Cooper, who called the storm a "1,000-year rain event" for parts of southeastern North Carolina.

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland declared states of emergency.

Some 11,000 power outages have been reported in North Carolina.

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"We have people trapped by the storm surge and flooding waters getting to the steps of their house", Parker says.

She, her husband and three children went up into the attic for a while, but the winds howled and the family descended to an upper floor bedroom.

South Carolina Department of Transportation head Christy Hall said trees are already down in areas of Horry County and citizens should prepare for flooding.

New Bern was one of the first cities affected by storm surge floodwaters after the Neuse River overflowed, flooding parts of the town.

Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and its restoration could take weeks. She died Friday morning.

"I about jumped out of my skin", he said in a phone interview Friday morning.

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"Hurricane Florence is powerful, slow and relentless", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) said at a news conference Friday.



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