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Watch a livestream of Hurricane Florence bearing down on North Carolina

039;We're on the wrong side of this thing,' North Carolina governor warns as destructive hurricane bears down Florence’s quiet potential disaster: Hog manure
Cary Marshall | 14 September, 2018, 13:28

Florence had once been a Category 4 storm, but even as a Category 1, it could still packs winds of 90 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said. "Inland flooding kills a lot of people, unfortunately, and that's what we're about to see", he said.

The US east coast girded for a battering from Hurricane Florence late Thursday as the monster storm's outer edge began lashing the Carolinas with heavy wind and rain, which forecasters warned could trigger life-threatening floods even as it further weakened.

The effects of Hurricane Florence can already be felt along the coast of North Carolina as of 12 p.m. on September 13.

"Some say North Carolina is getting a break, but we are on the wrong side of this story", he said.

Its surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 3.4 metres of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than 900mm of rain, triggering severe flooding.

The now Category 1 storm's intensity diminished as it neared land, with winds dropping to 90 miles per hour (135 kph) by nightfall.

In all, an estimated 10 million people live in areas expected to be placed under a hurricane or storm advisory, according to the U.S. Weather Prediction Center.

Even if you know nothing about hurricanes, an unavoidable sense of doom and destruction overtakes you when you look at this image of Hurricane Florence as it moves inexorably toward North and SC.

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One resident, 67-year-old Linda Smith, told the MailOnline: "We're a little anxious about the storm surge so we came down to see what the river is doing now".

With the hurricane beginning to batter North Carolina, the state's Governor has asked US President Donald Trump for another federal disaster declaration beyond what he declared earlier this week.

A buoy off the North Carolina coast recorded waves almost 30 feet (9 meters) high as Florence churned toward shore. It's expected to make landfall later today.

It is the storm's movement and not its strength that has forecasters and officials anxious.

More than 150,000 customers in North Carolina were reported to be without power as the outer band of the storm approached. "Ever stared down the gaping eye of a category 4 hurricane?"

Not everyone was taking Florence too seriously: About two dozen locals gathered Thursday night behind the boarded-up windows of The Barbary Coast bar as Florence blew into Wilmington. "And you don't need power to sling booze", said owner Eli Ellsworth.

"This is our only home".

"I'm not going to put our personnel in harm's way, especially for people that we've already told to evacuate", Wrightsville Beach Police Chief Dan House said. "We're watching how it tracks when it comes inland".

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