Hurricane Florence Leaves At Least Five Dead, Carolinas Drenched

Hurricane Florence looks absolutely wild from the International Space Station

His video at the top of this story was taken in Wilmington, North Carolina where Hurricane Florence stripped the roofing from buildings, collapsed gas stations and snapped trees.

The US National Weather Service has released a flash flood warning as authorities were scrambling to reach almost 150 people now stranded. It's believed he died after he was blown down while going outside to check on his dogs.

"The sun rose this morning on an extremely risky situation and it's getting worse", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said, and called Florence a "thousand-year rain event".

One person died at the West Brunswick High School shelter Thursday morning, according to a spokesperson for Brunswick County. Officials have not said how the fire started, but attributed it to the storm.

Florence pounded away at the coast with torrential downpours and surging seas, rescue crews used boats to reach more than 360 people besieged by rising waters in New Bern, while many of their neighbors awaited help.

In New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River trapped about 200 people.

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The southeastern coast of North Carolina and far northeastern portion of SC were expected to experience 20 to 25 inches of rain, but isolated areas could be hit with 30 to 40 inches, according to a National Hurricane Center advisory issued at 8 a.m. Friday.

The eye of Florence directly struck Wrightsville Beach, NC, early Friday.

By early afternoon, its winds had weakened to 75 miles per hour, just barely a hurricane and well below the storm's terrifying Category 4 peak of 140 miles per hour earlier in the week.

Stalled: Florence was almost at a standstill Friday afternoon, moving at just 3 miles per hour.

Debris from the storm covers a street in downtown New Bern, N.C.

The National Weather Service said on Twitter on Friday night that Morehead City had received 23.04 inches of rain with more heavy rain coming.

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Hundreds of thousands were without power in the Carolinas late Friday.

Aerial footage shows flooding and storm damage in New Bern and Nags Head, North Carolina. According to meteorologist Jeff Berardelli, climate change appears to be affecting areas of high pressure in the atmosphere, which can slow down storms, while rising water temperatures can make them more intense. Also of concern were more than three dozen coal ash dumps at power plants in the region.

The flooding soon spread into SC, swamping places like North Myrtle Beach, in a resort area known for its white sands and multitude of golf courses.

"Hurricane Florence is powerful, slow and relentless", he said. When she was discharged from the hospital, the roads in SC had already been closed, she said. "We are deeply concerned about the inland flooding".

At an 11 a.m. briefing, Gov. Roy Cooper said the risk of fatality will only grow if people venture out when the winds die down.

"There is going to be a lot of rain". The rainfall will cause catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding, the NHC said. The rainfall will produce life-threatening flash flooding.

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More than 2 feet (60 centimeters) of rain had fallen in places, and the drenching went on and on, with forecasters saying there could be an additional 1½ feet (45 centimeters) by the end of the weekend. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.

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