Hurricane Florence: Over 188,000 without power as monster storm batters Carolinas

Even in downgrading Florence which is expected to crash into the Carolinas late Thursday night or early Friday the National Hurricane Center predicted “life-threatening storm surge,” “catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flo

Watch live coverage from Gray TV affiliate WITN out of Wilmington, N.C.

Before dawn on Friday, authorities had been forced to rescue more than 60 people in Wilmington, some who had ignored evacuation orders.

As of Friday morning, there were upwards of 20,000 people in 157 shelters across the state of North Carolina, and that number will only continue to climb as rescue efforts are now underway.

Heavy flooding is expected, with a storm surge up to 13ft (4 metres) in the area stretching from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, North Carolina.

Preparing for the worst, about 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians were deployed with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats that could be used to pluck people from the floodwaters. The Army Corps of Engineers were preparing to start work restoring power, installing temporary roofing and removing debris.

US Southeast power companies said more than 188,000 homes and businesses in North Carolina and SC were without power early Friday as Hurricane Florence caused a deluge ahead of its landfall later in the day. Pieces of torn-apart buildings flew through the air.

In less than 24 hours, Florence has dropped from category 4 to category 2.

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There were no immediate reports of any deaths.

The storm officially made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina at 7:15 am (local time), the National Hurricane Center said. As of Friday morning, Atlantic Beach, a town on North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier island chain, already had received 30 inches (76 cm) of rain, the U.S. Geological Service said.

Some 11,000 power outages have been reported in North Carolina. Florence's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Thursday at 105 miles per hour (165 kph).

Sheets of rain splattered against windows of a hotel before daybreak in Wilmington, where Sandie Orsa of Wilmington sat in a lobby lit by emergency lights after the power failed. But James said she and her family are prepared and stocked up on several items.

Florence will dump 40 inches (101.6 cm) of rain in some parts of the Carolina coast, forecasters said.

"The water kept rising and kept rising", he said.

The water "is as high as it's ever been, and waves are breaking on my point, which is normally grass", said Copeland, a freelance photographer for The Associated Press.

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Around midday, Spanish moss blew sideways in the trees as the winds increased in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City. "Nothing's hit the house yet, but it's still blowing".

New Bern Police Lt. David Daniels said early Friday morning that between 150 and 200 people had been rescued so far, with others still waiting for help. "We have 2 out-of-state FEMA teams here for swift water rescue".

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", New Bern city officials said on Twitter.

By early evening, almost 70,000 residents were without electricity, according to North Carolina Emergency Management.

Virginia and Georgia are also under states of emergency, but it's North and SC that are positioned to suffer the worst of the storm's wrath.

Up to 1.7million residents on the eastern seaboard have been scrambling to evacuate their homes as government officials warned the hurricane would deliver a "Mike Tyson punch" to South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

"This storm has been hovering over us for a while, and we expect it to continue to hover over us", Parker said.

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