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NASA video shows Hurricane Florence from space as it makes landfall

15 September 2018

Another woman died of a heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris. "The storm is wreaking havoc on our state".

The White House said on Friday President Donald Trump had spoken with state and local officials, assuring them the federal government was prepared to help.

The eye of the storm and its outer edges pushed a life-threatening storm surge of floodwater miles inland and ripped apart buildings with screaming wind and pelting rain.

"We're deeply concerned for whole communities which could be wiped away".

In New Bern, North Carolina, the storm surge overwhelmed the town of 30,000, located at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers.

More than 100 people died as a result of both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

"Hurricanes normally come in and they go inland, which sucks the power out of them as they go over the land", he said. "And we had no belief it would be as significant an event as it was", he said.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence came ashore near the town of Wrightsville Beach, almost 10 kilometers east of the city of Wilmington, and is now inland near Cape Fear packing sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour with higher gusts. According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm will travel through the SC upstate, be downgraded to a tropical depression then turn north toward Ohio.

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The effects of Hurricane Florence can already be felt along the coast of North Carolina as of 12 p.m. on September 13.

"Florence may be weakening but will have a large storm surge". In Craven County, authorities say they received more than 150 telephone calls to rescue people in the historic town of New Bern because water had entered their homes.

It's hard to believe while looking at these images, but this isn't even the biggest storm devastating the planet right now.

North Carolina emergency management officials said more than 600,000 customers in North Carolina were without power.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned people: "Today the threat becomes a reality". "We got thrown into mailboxes, houses, trees", said Holt, who had stayed at home because of a doctor's appointment that was later cancelled.

"I imagine the cost all depends on who is in the family", said York County spokeswoman Gail Whitaker. "I wonder how it would have been with a Category 4 or 5".

"Our house is on high ground so we're not anxious about the flooding", he said. Over 1 million people are under evacuation warnings, with 10 million more under storm watches and warnings, CBS News reports.

NASA video shows Hurricane Florence from space as it makes landfall