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Updated at 4:10 AM ET on Friday
The hurricane of Florence reached landfall on the North Carolina coast, which resulted in life-threatening storms, heavy rain and long winds of 90 miles per hour. Although downgraded to a category 1 storm, the hurricane has grown more and more slowly its march inland – factors that can contribute to potentially catastrophic floods.
More than 180,000 were reported to be without electricity across North Carolina.
"A storm surplus of 10 meters above normal levels was reported by the National Weather Service Office in Morehead City, North Carolina," reported the National Hurricane Center, citing transport officials in that country.
"The hot water floods will increase over the next several days," read the NHC message, which followed warnings issued earlier this day.
" #Florence is expected to provide a life-threatening storm beam to parts of the eastern north and south carolina and catastrophic river floods and long-term significant flood floods are likely over parts of Carolinas and the Southern / Central Appalachians, the" National Hurricane Center said on a Thursday through
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper urged his citizens to expect significant and permanent damage.
"The worst of the storm is not here yet, but there are warning signs about the coming days," Cooper said at a press conference. "The conditions will continue to deteriorate with strong winds, heavy rain and extreme storms."
Florence is predicted to landfall near Wilmington on Friday morning and then head west across South Carolina.
A rush of sea water invaded the streets on the southern end of North Carolina Hatteras Island on Thursday, according to Virginian Pilot Jeff Hampton, who said arterial roads risked impossible. After the water overwhelmed the quilts.
The storm's power is visible in live video from the Frying Pan Tower, a single Coast Guard light station about 34 miles outside North Carolina. Wind power has damaged the flag of the United States on the tower and causes the ocean to chop.
"Little change in power is expected before Florence's eye reaches the coast, with weakening expected after the center moves inland or winds near the coast," said the National Hurricane Center.
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Despite the drip in the wind force, the most dangerous threat from Florence's rains and storm rays can cause floods far inward.
"The bigger and slower storm is the greater the threat and the impact, and we have this," said NHC chief Ken Graham on Thursday. He later added, "Most of the deaths in these tropical systems are water."  Florence was about 30 miles east of Wilmington, NC, and about 50 miles southwest of Morehead City at 4 o'clock on Friday, the Hurricane Center said. The storm was moved west – northwest at 6 mph with lasting winds on 90 miles per hour.
According to the NHC website,
"On the forecast path, the center of Florence will approach north coast and south coast later this evening, then move close to or across the coast of southern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina in the hurricane alert area on Friday. across parts of East and Central South Carolina are forecasted Friday evening to Saturday night. "
Florence's big winds will add the dangers when the storm grinds over beaches and hinterland. Hurricane-force winds extend for 80 miles and the tropical storms reach 195 miles out of the center.
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"You will have harmful winds for a long time," said senior hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart in an update from NHC. "So instead of maybe 120 mph winds for 30 minutes you can end 90-100 mph winds for a couple of hours, or three or four hours. And it will cause much damage as well as prolong the beach erosion."
A hurricane warning is in force for a large part of the Carolina coast, from the South Santee River under Myrtle Beach, SC, to Duck, NC – part of the outer banks. The warning also includes Albemarle and Pamlico sounds, major water bodies in North Carolina that could see significant floods.
Despite the drop in maximum sustainable winds, forecasters emphasize that this hurricane should not be taken easily. Hundreds of thousands of people have already been evacuated. Officials invite others in their path to accompany or prepare for the worst.
"Do not focus on wind speed category #Hurricane #Florence !" The National Hurricane Center said Thursday morning. "Life-threatening flood floods, catastrophic flooding of floods and long-term significant flood surpluses are still expected.
Eight entire counties and parts of others in North Carolina are under mandatory evacuation orders. Gov.Cooper said he has activated 2800 national security forces to help with storm relief with more staff at the reserve.
In South Carolina, Gov. Henry McMaster said that about 421,000 people were evacuated in his state. Virginia has also issued evacuation orders.
McMaster said the window to fly closes quickly. "If you have not left these evacuation zones, leave now," he said. "As time goes by. And remember this – when these winds begin to blow at the tropical storm speed, it will be practically impossible for the rescuers to come in to save you."
#Florence is expected to bring a life-threatening storm beam to parts of Eastern North and South Carolina, and catastrophic flood floods and long-term significant flood surpluses are likely to be part of Carolinas and South / Central Appalachians. pic.twitter.com/j6HZco1Tsc
– National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 14, 2018
However, some residents still say they plan to take it out.
Vicki Moulson, who teaches at a local community college in the outer banks, said she plans to ride out the hurricane because she wants to be close to her home and her friends.
"We're ready, I've probably gone through 20 or more hurricanes living here," she told NPR's Sarah McCammon. "I've stayed here for a long time, so this is okay."
Moulson said she originally planned to leave, but when the forecast for Florence weakened and moved south she decided to stay. She said she is worried that if she evacuates she will get stuck in the big flood that is expected to affect the region. Emergency Managers say that people in evacuation zones should leave while they can.
Forecasts say that Florence is likely to turn west-northwest and slow down its forward-looking movement – a situation that will give even more precipitation to the area. Storm's 5-mph ramp speed Thursday night was a marked decline from Wednesday's 17 mph speed.
Storm flow – often the most dangerous risk of life that hurricane spills – is expected to flood areas along the coast with saltwater that is 7 to 11 meters deep, from Cape Fear, NC, to Cape Lookout, NC. An overvoltage of at least 4 feet is predicted for a much larger area.
Ringer storm surplus prediction "incredible" Graham said that since Florence is likely to conceal its path to the coast, which gives its hurricanes a lot of time to force water inland, he would not be surprised to see the storm a mile and a half and a half inland – maybe even 2 miles or more, in some cases. "
The latest rainfall forecasts warn for 20 to 40 inches of rain from North Carolina to northeastern South Carolina – amounts that can cause catastrophic lightning . The rest of South and North Carolina, including cities from Charlotte to Raleigh, can expect 6 to 12 inches of rain – and up to 2 meters in isolated areas warned the NHC. The forecast area also includes part of southwest Virginia.
In addition to the obvious risks of the hurricane, the National Weather Service says, "A few tornadoes are possible in eastern North Carolina to Friday."