Mapping the flooding from Florence

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Hundreds more were rescued elsewhere from rising water. "If I can't get back in a week, after a while they might turn on each other or trash the place".

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", New Bern city officials said on Twitter.

Florence flattened trees, crumbled roads and knocked out power to more than 700,000 homes and businesses, and the assault wasn't anywhere near an end.

According to poweroutage.us, more than 500,000 customers in North Carolina and 50,000 in SC were without power on Friday morning, though the Weather Channel estimates up to 3 million customers could lose power in the Carolinas due to Florence.

The National Hurricane Center said a gauge north of Wilmington in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, reported 1.92 metres of inundation.

The biggest danger, as forecasters saw it, was not the wind but the water: the storm surge along the coastline and the prospect of 300 to 1000mm of rain over the next several days that could trigger catastrophic flooding in a slow-motion disaster well inland.

As of 9 p.m. EST, North Carolina Emergency Management reported that 102,308 customers were without power - even before Florence made landfall. Except - and we don't mean to jinx it - but the storm *is* heading further south from here and the wind did die down a bit so who is to say it didn't work entirely?

THE life-threatening hurricane, Florence, is expected to hover the Carolinas in the USA with torrential rains, high winds and massive coastal erosion.

"It truly is really about the whole size of this storm", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said.

Florence is forecast to significantly weaken as it crawls across central South Carolina Saturday; however, residents inland have been warned to expect life-threatening floods and to be without power for days.

The city of New Bern, N.C., reports that some 150 people were awaiting rescue there.

More than 60 people, including many children and pets, were evacuated from a hotel in Jacksonville, North Carolina, after strong winds caused parts of the roof to collapse, local officials said. "Everybody laughs at the fact that this storm got downgraded. but I've never seen tree devastation this bad".

Prior to Hurricane Florence's landfall, more than 1.7 million were ordered to evacuate the coast.

"We already bought candles, batteries, can food items, water and so on".

The father sustained injuries and was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington for medical care.

"The time to leave is running out, there will come a time when it will be too late and the rescue teams will not be able to come because they will also have to take refuge", warned South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.

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