Five dead from Hurricane Florence, including mother and baby, say officials

Don't play games with it, says Trump as Hurricane Florence heads for US East Coast

Don't play games with it, says Trump as Hurricane Florence heads for US East Coast

A woman and her child died after a tree fell on their house in Wilmington, North Carolina, the first reported fatalities from Hurricane Florence, which made landfall earlier on Friday.

Florence acquired a Category 4 major hurricane status with estimated maximum sustained winds of 215km/h on 4 September. "Florence may be weakening but will have a large storm surge". "Not only that, but the wind field actually expands as the center of circulation starts to lose some intensity, you'll start to get hurricane force winds further out from the storm".

Hurricane Florence has arrived.

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 storm was blamed for almost 3,000 deaths in the desperate aftermath.

Another reason, according to the National Hurricane Center, is that South Carolina's current forecast has Florence traveling down the coastline and heading inland near Myrtle Beach about 2 p.m. Saturday.

That kind of scenario is likely to repeat itself all over communities in Eastern North Carolina, as swollen rivers flood towns and the pouring rain adds to the misery.

About 300 people, most evacuees from the coast, were at the shelter Friday.

Cinder blocks that were part of the structure crumbled in some places, and portions of the roof were missing.

None of the people rescued were injured.

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons, enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches (25 centimeters). "I'm used to blizzards and heavy rains, never a hurricane".

Officials in New Bern, which dates to the early 18th century, said over 100 people were rescued from floods and the downtown was under water by Friday afternoon. Roberts says the storm surge continues to increase as Florence passes over the area.

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"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted around 2am.

More than a thousand flights have been canceled in advance of Hurricane Florence's arrival in the Carolinas, and operations at airports along the coast have been suspended as the region braces for impact.

As of 4 a.m., Florence was 30 miles (45 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina.

It diminished from hurricane force as it came ashore, but forecasters said the 350-mile-wide storm's slow progress across North and SC could leave much of the region under water in the coming days. Newport, North Carolina, reported 23.5 inches of rainfall just before midnight on Friday.

Responding to the incident, a Weather Channel spokesman said: "It's important to note that the two individuals in the background are walking on concrete, and Mike Seidel is trying to maintain his footing on wet grass, after reporting on-air until 1:00 a.m. ET this morning and is undoubtedly exhausted". Emerald Isle is about 84 miles (135 kilometers) north of Wilmington. Florence will then move generally northward across the western Carolinas and the central Appalachian Mountains early next week.

With the brunt of the storm yet to come, a gauge on the Neuse River in New Bern, a city near the coast, was already recording 10 feet (3 meters) of inundation, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Parts of North and SC can expect an additional 10 to 15 inches.

Emergency officials warned residents that the peril had probably not passed, as the storm continued to dump torrential rain.

Sib McLellan, left, and his wife, Lisa, prepare for Hurricane Florence.

Having punished the Carolinas with winds, heavy rains and record flooding, Hurricane Florence was downgraded Friday afternoon to a tropical storm, still packing a punch with 70 miles per hour winds.

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