Wind approaches outer banks of North Carolina

Hurricane Florence Charleston: Latest Forecast & Track

Hurricane Florence Charleston: Latest Forecast & Track

The port city of Wilmington woke Friday to the sound of exploding electrical transformers with strong gusts throwing street signs and other debris as well as water in all directions, according to an AFP reporter at the scene.

Storm surges as high as 7 to 11 feet remain threats from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout in North Carolina, with life-threatening surges up to 6 feet possible across a much wider area.

Ken Graham, the NHC's director, warned the slow pace of the storm exacerbated its danger even to areas outside its immediate path. "So if you find yourself here, please get out", meteorologist Erika Navarro pleads, as the virtual waters rise above her head.

Rescue workers in North Carolina meanwhile were scrambling to save people stranded in their homes. It shows the depth of water in a Belhaven family's garage.

The downtown area of the city of 30,000 people was underwater and around 150 people were waiting to be rescued, city authorities said on Twitter.

On top of the potentially destructive hurricane, forecasters also put parts of North Carolina on tornado watch.

Then there's Tropical Storm Joyce, a relative newcomer, that is moving southwestward about 1,090 miles west-southwest of the Azores, packing winds of 40 mph and moving at 8 mph.

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

Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 am at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line, coming ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline. Their predictions call for moderate flooding at 43 rivers in North Carolina and SC within the next 12 hours.

Thousands of people have taken temporary shelter in converted schools and community centers, while those who have ignored orders have been warned that rescuers will not be able to reach them at the height of the storm.

More than 1.7 million people evacuated this week, leaving behind homes, schools and precious belongings.

Myrtle Beach, a SC beach resort, was deserted with empty streets, boarded up storefronts and very little traffic.

"This area is not among the evacuation zones". Florence is already causing power outages, with the U.S. Energy Department reporting that almost 400,000 customers have lost power in North and SC. Projections as of 5:00am EST on September 13, 2018.

The ferocious storm is now battering North Carolina in the US. This matter was of particular concern a year ago when critics said the military should've stepped up to take over some responsibilities in Puerto Rico from FEMA, which was stretched thin by its simultaneous responses to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

In Wilmington, residents who had decided not to evacuate were lining up to get ice from a vending machine - $2 for a 16-pound bag.

"We call them disasters because they break things", FEMA Administrator Brock Long told reporters while Florence was bearing down on the coastline.

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