Hurricane hits Carolinas, governor warns 'it's going to get worse'

Hurricane hits Carolinas, governor warns 'it's going to get worse'

Hurricane hits Carolinas, governor warns 'it's going to get worse'

None of the people rescued were injured.

As Florence pounded away, it unloaded heavy rain, flattened trees, chewed up roads and knocked out power to more than a half-million homes and businesses.

Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

The National Hurricane Center says the high winds - combined with rain-soaked soil - will cause many trees to fall in coming days, crashing into homes, streets and onto power lines.

Rainfall will be one of the most destructive elements of hurricane Florence, with heavy rain triggering risky flash floods and potential landslides.

Forecasters say "it can not be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard associated with slow-moving Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland".

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In a release dated Thursday the company had said it would "be upgrading natural gas lines in neighbourhoods across the state". Bruce Razin, who was among the evacuees and saw a neighbours house destroyed said: "I couldn't imagine if that was my house".

Speaking with NPR's Morning Edition, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper described the storm as "an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave".

After appearing headed toward the North Carolina-Virginia border at one point, Florence shifted south and is now taking aim at the Carolinas.

After making landfall near Wilmington, Florence is expected to head west across SC before making a turn toward the north over the next few days.

And while Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm Friday afternoon, meteorologists predict heavy rain - up to 2 feet of rain when all is said and done - will continue into the weekend.

"The storm's worst scenes so far - still an hour or two before landfall - have emerged in the besieged town of New Bern, where about 150 people called for help overnight", the report quoted city officials as saying.

The father sustained injuries and was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington for medical care. The company, which recently hit a $1 trillion valuation, also donated 100,000 food items and more than 30,000 bottles of water to Feeding America, Amazon announced in a blog post.

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It was expected to begin pushing its way westward across SC later in the day, in a watery siege that could go on all weekend. He added that Hurricane Florence poses a challenge because it is expected to drift over hard-hit areas.

"This is a life-threatening situation".

"I've been through hurricanes before", he says.

At least 12,000 people had taken refuge in 126 emergency shelters, Cooper said, with more facilities being opened.

Hundreds of thousands of people in the Carolinas and Virginia have been forced to evacuate as Hurricane Florence battered the eastern coast of the U.S., including more than 3,000 prisoners who have been relocated from jails in the path of Florence.

Officials in South Carolina's Craven County say conditions are much worse than some residents expected, with almost 500 people calling the local emergency services hotline asking for help.

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