North Carolina governor says Hurricane Florence is 'uninvited brute'

North Carolina governor says Hurricane Florence is 'uninvited brute'

"This is a life-threatening situation", the advisory said.

Between 20 and 25 inches of rain is expected, with isolated areas seeing as much as 40 inches of rain (1m).

The Category 1 storm has maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour and is moving slowly, at 6 miles per hour.

North Carolina's governor, Roy Cooper, said Florence was set to cover nearly all of the state in several feet of water. "That is certainly not the case where I'm standing", he said, explaining that the storm is causing structural damage in the area and the wind gusts have not weakened.

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As of 11 p.m., Florence was centered about 85 miles (135 kilometers) east-southeast of Wilmington, its forward movement slowed to 5 mph (7 kph).

The result: prolonged storm surge, wind and rain.

"There's going to be really nowhere for anybody to go", said Chief House with Wrightsville Beach Police.

President Donald Trump has said protecting lives is his "absolute highest priority" and that the White House is standing by to offer affected states whatever help they request.

Hurricane Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm overnight.

At least 12,000 people had taken refuge in 126 emergency shelters, Cooper said, with more facilities being opened.

Florence was seen as a major test for FEMA, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared past year for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where the storm was blamed for almost 3,000 deaths in the desperate months that followed.

Amber Parker, a spokeswoman for Craven County, where New Bern is located, told CNN early Friday morning the county had already logged more than 100 service calls from residents trapped on their roofs or in their cars.

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There's still a threat from rising tides, Risty-Davis says.

The effects of Hurricane Florence have already arrived on the East Coast of the U.S., where massive floods have already begun and as much asthe National Hurricane Center forecasts 40 inches of rain and 11 feet of flooding from the storm surge. The agency adds that people trapped by flooding should "never enter attics or crawl spaces".

The top wind gusts were reported in Raleigh are at 39 miles per hour.

As of 4 a.m., maximum sustained winds were at 90 miles per hour.

As of 8am ET on Thursday, Florence was driving maximum sustained winds of 110mph (177km/h), according to an updated forecast from the National Hurricane Center.

The expected heavy rainfall would produce both flash flooding and river flooding that could in turn cause an environmental disaster, if the water inundates the region's many industrial waste sites and hog manure ponds.

Hurricane-like conditions are expected to arrive in the areas covered by warnings by Thursday night or early Friday.

Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday, but the storm has only just begun for the Carolinas. "We know we're in for a long haul here", he said of the forecast for the coming days. Some of the few people still left in Nags Head on the Outer Banks took photos of angry waves topped with white froth.

To prepare for this storm, businesses have been boarding up, and supplies have been readied for what is expected to be a large-scale relief operation.

Tornadoes are possible in eastern North Carolina through Friday.

Defense Secretary James Mattis activated dual-status commanders in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia to command and control active duty and National Guard forces.

The winds in Charleston, South Carolina, will start to pick up tonight and will remain fairly steady throughout the storm. The fear is that during that slow march west, it'll drop torrential rains, flooding low-lying areas and overwhelming rivers.

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