Hurricane Florence pounds the Carolinas as it nears landfall

Hurricane Florence pounds the Carolinas as it nears landfall

North Carolina corrections officials said more than 3000 people were relocated from adult prisons and juvenile centres in the path of Florence, and more than 300 county prisoners were transferred to state facilities. No other information was given.

Forecasters have been predicting catastrophic flash flooding.

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

Hundreds more had to be rescued elsewhere from rising waters.

A member of the U.S. Army walks through floodwaters near the Union Point Park Complex as Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, U.S., September 13, 2018.

"We have the situation that has developed here at the station, and that is that the water [is] getting [so] close to the building that the building has been evacuated", Cox said in a video posted to Twitter Thursday night.

Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles.

At time of writing, Hurricane Florence is inching towards the coastline, and the combination of intense rainfall and gnarly swell threaten to engulf low-lying land in the region.

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The powerful storm has caused countless trees to collapse, including the one that killed the mother and her son.

Sheets of rain splattered against windows of a hotel before daybreak in Wilmington, where Sandie Orsa of Wilmington sat in a lobby lit by emergency lights after the electricity went out.

"Very eerie, the wind howling, the rain blowing sideways, debris flying", said Orsa, who lives nearby and feared splintering trees would pummel her house.

Travel on the state's roads has grown "extremely hazardous", said Jim Trogdon, the North Carolina transportation secretary, who warned in a late-morning briefing that a 500- to 1,000-year "flood event is anticipated". Another 400 people were in shelters in Virginia, where forecasts were less dire.

But forecasters said its extreme size meant it could batter the US East Coast with hurricane-force winds for almost a full day. Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it was unclear how many did.

It remains a Category 1 hurricane with top sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph), but a gust of 112 miles per hour (180 kph) was reported just offshore.

The news came more than 10 hours after the storm began punishing the coastal area with sustained hurricane-force winds, the hurricane center said. States of emergency have already been declared in both North and SC.

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