WHAT'S HAPPENING: Hurricane Florence looms over East Coast

Preparation And Resilience As Hurricane Florence Approaches

SC prisoners evacuated due to Hurricane Florence, SCDC says

In addition to being the deadliest threat, storm surge is also typically the most destructive part of a hurricane.

The Wilmington Police Department said the two were killed when a tree fell on their house.

Farmers have drawn down the levels of hog lagoons to cope with the heavy rainfall, but Troxler admits they don't know what effect river flooding could have.

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses could be flooded in North Carolina alone, Governor Cooper warned.

Florence was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared a year ago for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where the death toll was put at almost 3,000.

This is according to data from poweroutage.us, which tracks the USA's electrical power grid.

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For people living inland in the Carolinas, the moment of maximum peril from flash flooding could arrive days later, because it takes time for rainwater to drain into rivers and for those streams to crest.

The hurricane is expected to weaken into a tropical depression as it continues westward into SC and Georgia. With the storm churning 140 miles per hour winds, hurricane watches and warnings include the homes of more than 5.4 million people on the East Coast, many of whom have been advised to evacuate.

Hurricane Florence is moving closer to the coast of North and SC, where it is expected to bring a life-threatening storm surge, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday.

More than 60 people had to be pulled from a collapsing motel and hundreds more were rescued elsewhere from rising water.

More than 440,000 homes and businesses were without power in North and SC yesterday, utility officials said. Surges could reach 9' to 13' on the southeast North Carolina coast between Cape Fear and Cape Lookout, including the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds and their rivers, and 6' to 9' on the adjacent stretches of coast.

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

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The hurricane came ashore early on Friday, pounding the state with torrential rain and high winds.

Eudy's family has lived in New Bern since the 1850s, he said.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city of New Bern tweeted around 2am local time.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry says the US electricity sector has been well prepared for Hurricane Florence even as hundreds of thousands of homes lose power in the storm.

Hurricane Florence is sweeping the Carolinas, with some models anticipating more than 50 inches of rain and 80 miles per hour winds in certain areas.

"When the conditions in the area intensified suddenly, we made the call to have our news staff evacuate the area and team up with our sister station WPDE in Myrtle Beach to continue covering the storm and providing our viewers with vital, potentially life-saving, information", General Manager Matt Bowman said in a statement posted to the station's website. "I love hurricanes. But this one has been an experience for me", she said.

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