The Miami-based center says the center of the eye moved ashore with top sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph), making Florence a Category 1 hurricane in terms of wind intensity. The storm made landfall Friday at 7:15 a.m. ET just south of Wrightsville Beach - about 6.5 miles due east for Wilmington, North Carolina.
Forecasters warned that drenching rains of 30 centimetres to 1 metre as the hurricane-turned-tropical storm crawls westward across North and SC could trigger epic flooding well inland over the next few days.
President Donald Trump is planning to visit areas affected by Hurricane Florence next week, though his exact plans are not yet finalized.
The town of Oriental, North Carolina, got more than 18 inches of rain in just a few hours, while Surf City had 14 inches.
"The amount of water that comes out of hurricanes is certainly the most robust connection that we have", National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration climate scientist Jim Kossin said.
More than 770,000 customers are without power in North Carolina.
"We would recommend that people hold on to nonperishable items to be prepared for the next emergency, which could happen at any time of year", said James City County spokeswoman Renee Dallman.
As 645-kilometre-wide Florence pounded away at the coast with torrential downpours and surging seas, rescue crews used boats to reach more than 360 people besieged by rising waters in New Bern, while many of their neighbours awaited help.
"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city of New Bern tweeted.
The storm caused chaos in the region, with trees strewn across roads, buildings battered and power cut to nearly 700,000 homes.
The outer bands of wind and rain caused by the storm were already lashing North Carolina on Thursday morning. As the storm moves into hilly terrain, it's also expected to unleash catastrophic and potentially deadly flash flooding and possibly mud slides, the hurricane center warned.
Five million people are at risk with warnings of possible landslides and flooding. "We are not going to make it, '" Cherry said.
North Carolina utilities estimated that as many as 2.5 million state residents could be left without power, the state's Department of Public Safety said. It is expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said.
"I've never been one to leave for a storm but this one kind of had me spooked", he said.
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Forecasters are also warning of catastrophic inland flooding that could swamp homes, businesses, farm fields and industrial sites. Boarding up his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Chris Pennington watched the forecasts and tried to decide when to leave.
It is more likely that Ireland, Scotland and northern England will see winds of 10 to 20mph, and gusts up to 40mph. Up to 1.7 million people have been ordered to evacuate across South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.
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Rain is forecast to continue through the weekend, bringing unsafe flooding conditions to many areas of North Carolina. This live stream from Cape Fear, North Carolina shows the ferocious intensity of Hurricane Florence .
Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it's unclear how many did. Rain bands are already affecting the eastern part of North Carolina and SC , with rain increasing and waves growing.
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Williams could have gotten away with calling the umpire a thief if she were a male player", Navratilova wrote . Afterwards, Williams suggested that Ramos and other umpires are tolerant of worse criticism from male players.
Two-thirds of North Carolina's farm income comes from poultry and livestock, including hogs and dairy cattle, according to Wooten. But the firm warns that Tropical Storm Isaac , which formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, is right behind Florence.
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Teams of firefighters, police, and gas company workers were out in force overnight, shutting off gas to the 8,000 impacted homes. About 400 people spent Thursday night in emergency shelters, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).
Hurricane Florence drenches North Carolina
Authorities pushed back against any suggestion the storm's threat was exaggerated. "You feel like you should have already left". Fortunately for House, he says this storm should not be a devastating event for the beach town in terms of loss of life.