Hurricane Florence: Life-threatening storm lands in North Carolina

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Forecasters said catastrophic freshwater flooding is expected well inland over the next few days as Florence crawls westward across the Carolinas all weekend.

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On the mainland in New Bern, authorities said more than 100 people had to be saved from floods and that the downtown area was underwater.

In Morehead City, Brooke Kittrell rode out the storm Thursday and Friday with her boyfriend aboard their docked boat, hoping it didn't break loose and slam something. Forecasters said the onslaught could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas.

"We're looking at the same amount of rainfall in three days".

Waves are surging and affecting the East Coast and Bermuda as well as the northwestern and central Bahamas.

"We have people trapped by the storm surge and flooding waters getting to the steps of their house", Parker says. "This is just the beginning". The Category 1 storm is expected to move further across parts of North Carolina and South Carolina Friday and Saturday. "You're going to have flooding miles and miles inland", the center's director, Ken Graham, said Friday morning. "Incredible job being done by FEMA, First Responders, Law Enforcement and all. You rock! We couldn't have done it without you!" the city tweeted on Saturday.

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Gibson said she thinks some people couldn't afford to evacuate New Bern and others didn't heed evacuation warnings after Florence dropped from a Category 4 to a Category 1. Officials say more than 100 people have already been rescued in the area overnight.

The Wilmington airport had a wind gust clocked at 105 miles per hour, the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958, the weather service said. Investigators said the fire started as a result by a candle that was being used during a power outage.

In the town of New Bern, 30,000 residents stayed behind in spite of mandatory evacuation orders. Footage posted on social media showed a meteorologist saying on air that they had to evacuate.

Almost 300,000 customers in North Carolina were meanwhile reported to be without power as the outer band of the storm approached.

Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

The storm has claimed at least five lives, two of them in Wilmington, NC. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of, its sponsors or advertisers.