At least 4 dead as Florence downgraded to Tropical Storm

Hurricane Florence's onslaught threatens disaster in North Carolina

A North Carolina city says about 70 people have been rescued from a hotel whose structural integrity is being threatened by Hurricane Florence.

Hurricane Florence, one of the most powerful storms ever to strike the U.S. mainland, came ashore early Friday morning north of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Flooding in the streets of New Barn.

(WebDesk) - It is being said that Hurricane Florence would be one among the most deadly storms World has seen. A gust of 105 miles per hour (169 km/h) was recorded at Wilmington airport, surpassing the power of Hurricane Fran two decades ago.

Coastal streets in the Carolinas flowed with frothy ocean water, and at least 510,000 homes and businesses were without power, almost all of them in North Carolina, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the nation's electrical grid.

Hundreds of people had to be rescued in New Bern, North Carolina, as they called for help overnight, city officials said.

He wrote: "Getting real serious in Buxton".

Craven County spokeswoman Amber Parker told ABC News that some people were trapped on their roofs.

"Very eerie, the wind howling, the rain blowing sideways, debris flying", Orsa said.

Forecasters say it is especially risky after dark because people trying to escape may not realize how deep flood water is on roads.

It's closing in: The eyewall is onshore in North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center said.

Union Point Park is flooded with rising water from the Neuse and Trent Rivers in New Bern, North Carolina on September 13, 2018.

However, rains will still be life threatening over North Carolina, South Carolina along with Virginia.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference that the "historic" hurricane would unleash rains and floods that would inundate nearly the entire state in several feet of water.

More than 100 people have been rescued from rising waters, North Carolina's Emergency Management office said on its Twitter account. Hurricane Florence was over the Atlantic Ocean about 55 kilometers east of Wilmington, North Carolina and moving northwest at 10 kilometers per hour.

In Washington, North Carolina, the wind-swept Pamlico River has risen beyond its banks and is flooding entire neighborhoods.

Storm clouds are seen over the 2nd ave pier as the force of Hurricane Florence is beginning to be felt on September 14, 2018 in Myrtle Beach, United States.

Coastal and river communities on the north side of Florence are getting the worst of the flooding as the hurricane swirls onto land pushing a life-threatening storm surge.

It is still battering the coasts of North and SC with heavy rain, gusty damaging winds and high surf.

The alert also cautions against the presence of large swells affecting Bermuda, portions of the USA east coast, and the northwestern and central Bahamas, "resulting in life-threatening surf and rip currents". It's about 90 miles northeast of Wrightsville Beach, where Florence made landfall at 7:15 a.m. Friday. Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it was unclear how many did.

At least 188,000 people were without power in North Carolina and SC early on Friday.

Vickie Grate, left, waits in a shelter with her son Chris, center, and his girlfriend Sarah for Hurricane Florence to pass after evacuating from their nearby homes, in Conway, South Carolina on September 12, 2018. The storm's slowing forward movement and heavy rains had Gov. Roy Cooper warning of an impending disaster.

Rains are expected to be quite a real hazard from the storm, as it will have a slow movement towards SC before it turns north.

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