‘Straight out of hell.’ Videos capture drama, destruction as Hurricane Florence rages

‘Straight out of hell.’ Videos capture drama, destruction as Hurricane Florence rages

‘Straight out of hell.’ Videos capture drama, destruction as Hurricane Florence rages

As Hurricane Florence pounds the North Carolina coast with 90-mph winds and relentless rain, more than 100 people have been plucked from a storm surge that's already reached 10 feet, as dozens more await rescue.

The storm made landfall earlier on Friday just outside Wilmington, bringing life-threatening storm surge and hurricane force winds.

Pushed in a storm surge of 10 feet above normal levels in Morehead City, North Carolina, the National Weather Service said.

Although several communities along the coast had mandatory evacuation orders, many people still chose to stay behind, putting them in a prime position to shoot and post videos of the terrifying onslaught.

Hurricane Florence, weakened but still risky, crashed into the Carolinas on Friday as a giant, slow-moving storm that stranded residents with floodwaters and swamped part of the town of New Bern at the beginning of what could be a dayslong deluge.

Some areas also saw the first of the hurricane-force winds.

Over 3,000 offenders were evacuated from North Carolina prisons, along with four county jails, resulting in 300 offenders being housed temporarily in state facilities.

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In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate, including from the Eastern Shore. "He lives in North Carolina". FEMA Administrator Brock Long urged people to prepare for a "very devastating storm", with possibly weeks-long power outages.

Teddie Davis goes to check on one of the town's signature bears that was toppled by Hurricane Florence in downtown New Bern, N.C., on Friday.

Rising water forced a North Carolina TV station to evacuate its newsroom in the middle of Hurricane Florence coverage.

The rains are anticipated to continue for days, and flooding is likely to worsen as more rivers spill over their banks. Florence is nearing the coast and is now a Cat 2 Hurricane.

30 foot waves were recorded off North Carolina's coast early this morning, with forecasters warning that conditions are set to deteriorate as the hurricane makes landfall.

Once a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 140 miles per hour (225 kph), the hurricane was downgraded to a Category 1 on Thursday night.

"It's not going to take much in a lot of these areas to saturate the soil, so trees are going to come down really easily" and knock down power lines, said Ken Graham, director of the National Hurricane Center.

One city in North Carolina has picked up more than 23 inches (58 centimetres) of rain in two days.

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Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it was unclear how many did.

The hurricane's top sustained winds have dropped to 85 miles per hour, while it moves slowly toward SC at 6 miles per hour.

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"This surge is also likely along portions of the SC coast", the warning continues.

The barrier island of Emerald Isle is under water, with ocean waves rolling in over a six-foot storm surge and crashing into homes. The storm is threatening catastrophic flooding while leaving scores in need of rescue from rising waters and hundreds of thousands without power. Its forward movement was 6 miles per hour (9 kph). The center was about 20 miles north-northeast of Myrtle Beach. Winds will be increasing in the Piedmont Triad tonight and tomorrow with some of the wind gusts possibly approaching tropical storm strength.

More than 80,000 people in North Carolina already were without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters.

"A basketball sized hole was found in a corner room by an Officer", officials said. The city said two out-of-state FEMA teams were working on swift-water rescues, and more teams were on the way.

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None of the people rescued were injured.

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