Storm chaser records Florence battering Carolina coast

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More are on the way to help us. "We might leave", she said. Areas like New Bern also could see an additional 3 to 5 feet of storm surge as high tide combines with the seawater still being pushed ashore by Florence, Graham said.

A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from Wilmington police. The governor's office said a third person was killed while plugging in a generator. Emerald Isle is about 84 miles north of Wilmington.

"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", said Ballance, owner of a seafood restaurant that was flooded.

Hurricane Florence rolled ashore in North Carolina with howling 90 miles per hour winds and terrifying storm surge early Friday, trapping hundreds of people in high water as it settled in for what could be a long and extraordinarily destructive drenching. It came ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

The National Hurricane Center said the eye of the storm hit Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, just east of Wilmington, at 7:15 a.m. ET Friday with winds of about 90 miles per hour.

But it was clear that this was really about the water, not the wind.

Soil remains saturated and water tables high in the northeast, which could result in flooding problems should Florence bring heavy rounds of rain to the area. Another one of the bears ended up in the middle of the street in the background.

- Authorities in the coastal city of New Bern were working with federal responders to rescue at least 150 residents who reported themselves stranded in Hurricane Florence's storm surge.

Its surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11ft of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than 3ft of rain, touching off severe flooding.

Preparing for the worst, about 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians were deployed with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats.

According to fuel-station finding app GasBuddy, about 52 percent of stations Thursday in Wilmington, North Carolina were out of gas.

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TRINIS living in the U.S. were vigorously preparing themselves for Hurricane Florence which is forecast to make landfall along the eastern coast sometime today.

FBN's Jeff Flock with the latest on Hurricane Florence. Florence "will produce catastrophic flooding over parts of North and SC for some time", NOAA official Steve Goldstein said. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay, or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimeters) of water.

Hurricane Florence is a real, ongoing threat. Hundreds more were rescued elsewhere from rising water. The few cars out on a main street in Wilmington had to swerve to avoid fallen trees, metal debris and power lines. By 5 p.m., it was about 50 miles west-southwest of Wilmington, and the wind had dropped to 70 mph.

Airlines cancelled more than 2,100 flights through Sunday.

The worst of the storm's fury had yet to reach coastal SC, where emergency managers said it was not too late for people to get out.

The city tweeted early Friday that 150 people were awaiting rescue. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU".

"The wind was so hard, the waters were so hard".

Mackie rode in a boat through a flooded neighborhood, navigating through trees and past a fence post to get to the Knox house. Dozens more were pulled from a collapsed motel.

People have left homes and taken precautions ahead of the hurricane.

"Honestly, I grew up in Wilmington". The city's official Twitter account urged residents to move to the upper floors of their homes.

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