Steve Harrigan Reports in Extreme Conditions in North Topsail Beach, NC

Steve Harrigan Reports in Extreme Conditions in North Topsail Beach, NC

Steve Harrigan Reports in Extreme Conditions in North Topsail Beach, NC

The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Florence has finally made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said Florence was set to cover nearly all of the state in several feet of water.

As of Friday morning, Atlantic Beach, a town on the state's Outer Banks barrier islands, had received 30 inches (76 cm) of rain, the U.S. Geological Service said.

Florence had been a Category-3 hurricane on Thursday but dropped to Category-1 before coming ashore.

New Bern, the city on the North Carolina coast where the Neuse River and Trent River intersect, was reeling Friday after being inundated from flooding caused by Hurricane Florence.

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It should dissipate by early next week, the hurricane center said. "The rain's going to be around for a long time", he said. Rain projections also increased, with some locations along the North Carolina coast now expected to get up to 40 inches.

"We've had people in attics, on top of roofs", she said.

"Seeing them get out of the vehicle and seeing their emotions was heartbreaking", he said.

That's about 220 miles from Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, where Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m. September 14, coming ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline. The town was under evacuation orders, but 150 people were trapped there by the storm as of Friday morning.

"It will be historic", Baker said of the rain from Florence.

More than 16 inches of rain have fallen in southeast North Carolina and another 20 to 25 inches is on the way, the hurricane center said.

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At the White House, President Donald Trump both touted the government's readiness and urged people to get out of the way of Florence.

Forecasters have said the rain from Florence will continue for two days, bringing severe flooding.

The forecast shows how water levels could reach 9ft high - "through the first floor of your home into the second" - with graphics depicting floating debris and even fish in the surge water.

Hurricane Florence continues to drop category, but not risky, while hundreds of thousands of people try to get away from the coasts of the two Carolinas and Virginia.

Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and that restoring it could take weeks. Significant weakening was expected over the weekend. "We are not going to make it, '" Cherry said.

According to a report from the J.P. Morgan Chase Institute, extreme weather events like the one now battering the Carolinas and Virginia can have far-reaching effects on consumers' wallets, impacting their spending for months after the storm has cleared.

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About one million seven hundred thousand people have been ordered to evacuate on the coast of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Super Typhoon Mangkhut was expected to hit an area in the Philippines on Saturday that would affect 5.2 million people.

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