THREATENING STORM: Hurricane Florence makes landfall in North Carolina

Customers buy supplies at a Lowe’s store in Wilmington North Carolina. The city could take a direct hit from Hurricane Florence

In all, an estimated 10 million people live in areas expected to be placed under a hurricane or storm advisory, according to the U.S. Weather Prediction Center.

Steve Goldstein of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Florence's forward motion had slowed and it was not expected to make landfall in the Carolinas until "some time Friday afternoon, Friday evening or Saturday morning".

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The outer reaches of Hurricane Florence began lashing coastal North Carolina with heavy winds and flooded roads on Thursday ahead of an expected landfall that will bring walls of water and lingering downpours to parts of the US East Coast.

WXII-TV reported that 150 people were waiting to be rescued from rising waters in the city New Bern.

The center downgraded Florence to a Category 1 hurricane, but warned that it still carried "very unsafe winds". "From 8 a.m.to noon, the center will drift inland across southern North Carolina, and that is when we will see the strongest winds", said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

New Bern, home to approximately 30,000 people, sits about 37 miles northeast of Jacksonville, North Carolina, on the banks of the Neuse River.

Corps staff worked with Army officials to review dams at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Jackson in SC to "ensure any effects of Florence on those dams are mitigated", said Ray Alexander, the Corps' inter-agency services chief.

An onlooker checks out the heavy surf at the Avalon Fishing Pier in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast. This is expected to last for days in the Carolinas before turning north into OH and Pennsylvania.


More than 3,000 people joined the group Wednesday night, said volunteer moderator Katlyn McBrayer, adding that each donor is recorded in a database to match them with someone in need.

12,000: More than 12,000 evacuees are at shelters across North Carolina.

Forecasters said Florence's surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet (3.4 meters) of sea water.

The coastal area of SC features hundreds of inlets while North Carolina has barrier islands miles away from the mainland.

"The shelters are not taking dogs", Ramirez said. "I'm not leaving him here".

More than 60 people had to be pulled from a collapsing motel at the height of the storm, and many more who defied evacuation orders were hoping to be rescued.

But, knowing the intensity of Florence's impact on Myrtle Beach, "My friends are worrying me right now", Combs said. "I learned from the past to keep the ice in the washing machine".

"I built this house myself, so I'm not anxious at all, I know it's solid", he said.

"The only thing missing in there is a hot lady".

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