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Hurricane Florence makes landfall, set to deluge Carolinas

Hurricane Florence makes landfall, set to deluge Carolinas

It has already claimed five victims, with a mother and her baby crushed by a tree in North Carolina.

Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington, not far from the SC line, coming ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

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

"This system is unloading epic amounts of rainfall, in some places measured in feet and not inches", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news briefing about a storm that forecasters said was 300 miles (480 km) wide.

Daniels said there are no reports of injuries at this time and recommends people get out if they're able to safely do so but warned against driving in standing water. The Cajun Navy, a Louisiana-based group of private boat owners whose role proved pivotal in Texas during Hurricane Harvey, had rescued more than 150 people by Friday alone.

School districts, including in the Midlands, were closed for most of the week when then-Hurricane Florence tracked toward the state.

Fisher said support staff includes food service employees providing "four hot meals each day" and child care services for about 100 children staying at the hospital while their parents work.

"Very eerie, the wind howling, the rain blowing sideways, debris flying", said Orsa, who lives nearby and feared splintering trees would pummel her house.

As they waited for emergency workers, they heard neighbors calling for help.

She said she called 911, but no one came.

Swift-water rescue teams from out of state helped local rescuers evacuate people whenever conditions allowed.

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The White House says President Donald Trump has issued a disaster declaration for North Carolina and that will make federal money available to people in the counties of Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico and Pender.

Videos on social media show the water reaching the windows of some houses in the Belhaven area.

"Honestly, I grew up in Wilmington".

"Bottom line, tonight, it is just as bad as it was 12 hours ago and it is expected to continue for another 12-24 hours", Begnaud said.

By Friday morning, the shore was flooded, and buildings were damaged, in video she put up on Facebook.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm will travel through upstate SC, be downgraded to a tropical depression, then turn north toward the Ohio Valley.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, city officials posted photos of toppled gas pumps and a downed trees early Friday, warning residents to take shelter and avoid roadways.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has been lashed by torrential rains and near-hurricane force winds, CBS News correspondent Don Dahler reported.

Tropical Storm Florence is practically stalled over the Carolinas and the monster storm could dump drenching rains of up to 3½ feet (1 meter).

Parts of West-central Virginia and far eastern West Virginia will see "life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding, along with an elevated risk for landslides", according to the agency.


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