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15 September, 2018, 08:14 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
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Officials in the town of 30,000, which dates to the early 18th century, said over 100 people were rescued from floods and the downtown was under water by Friday afternoon.

Firefighters and rescue crews in Wilmington, North Carolina stopped to pray outside the house where a fallen tree killed a mother and her 8-month-old baby. More than 22,600 people were housed in 150 shelters statewide, including schools, churches and Wake Forest University's basketball arena.

Grocery retailers have closed stores and curtailed shopping hours with the arrival of Hurricane Florence, which struck the North Carolina coast early Friday.

At 90 miles per hour, its wind speed was dipping but still risky.

Some areas could receive 20 to 30 inches by the time the storm passes.

Forecasters say the center of the eye of Hurricane Florence is about to make landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina.

In Craven County, authorities say they have received more than 150 telephone calls from people in the historic town of New Bern asking to be rescued because water has entered their homes.

Forecasters warned that drenching rains of 1 to 3 1/2 feet (30 centimetres to 1 metre) as the hurricane-turned-tropical storm crawls westward across North and SC could trigger epic flooding well inland over the next few days.

Hurricane Florence, which has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, hammered Wilmington, NC on Friday. The storm knocked out power to more than 890,000 homes and businesses, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the USA electrical grid.

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The NHC described Florence as a "slow mover" and said it had the potential to dump historic amounts of rain on North and SC, as much as one metre in some places. States of emergency have already been declared in both North and SC. But that, combined with the storm's slowing forward movement and heavy rains, had Gov. Roy Cooper warning of an impending disaster. It will likely weaken more on Friday, with "rapid weakening forecast over the weekend", the hurricane center said.

"This storm has been hovering over us for a while, and we expect it to continue to hover over us", Parker said.

After coming ashore in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane, Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm Friday afternoon and trudged into SC as night came. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimetres) of water, he calculated.

On Friday, coastal streets in the Carolinas flowed with frothy ocean water, and pieces of torn-apart buildings flew through the air.

Airlines canceled more than 2,100 flights through Sunday. And she has seen reports of people fleeing to rooftops to escape high floodwaters.

The wind howled and sheets of rain splattered against windows of a hotel before dawn in Wilmington, where Sandie Orsa of Wilmington sat in a lobby lit by emergency lights after the power failed. Local media said she had suffered a heart attack.

More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it is not clear how many left.

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

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