Hurricane Florence makes landfall in US North Carolina coast

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Forecasters warn it will bring "catastrophic freshwater flooding", according to the National Hurricane Center.

In a hurricane, as Live Science has reported, the most significant threat is flooding, not the high winds.

New Hanover County residents are getting their last few chances to evacuate.

"The National Hurricane Center said Florence is moving very slowly to the west at only 6 miles an hour, then is expected to turn to the southwest, increasing the threat for historic storm surge and catastrophic flooding to coastline areas and inland cities in North Carolina and SC".

Hundreds of thousands of people in the Carolinas and Virginia have been forced to evacuate as Hurricane Florence battered the eastern coast of the USA, including more than 3,000 prisoners who have been relocated from jails in the path of Florence. As the slow-moving storm moves over the Carolinas, it could pummel towns with more than 3 feet of rainwater. "We recently moved in the area and it does not seem to be a flood zone", James told Newsday. Hurricane-force winds were extending out up to 80 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extended up to 195 miles, the center said. "People think we're taking animals that have been stranded from the storm".

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Still, he said: "I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth".

National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear predicted Florence would drop up to eight months' worth of rain in two or three days.

Bertha Bradley said she has never favored evacuating ahead of hurricanes. Kottyan said they will decide whether to keep some employees on site as Florence's path becomes more clear. Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and restoration could take weeks.

Trump urged people to take seriously the threat of what may be the biggest storm to hit the East Coast in decades.

The danger came in the form of a massive storm surge.

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Hurricane Irma destroyed Kathy Griffin's house in Florida previous year, and it could be days before she finds out whether Florence smashed her fifth-story condominium in Wrightsville Beach, where authorities said utilities could be out for days or weeks.

At 11 a.m., the center of Tropical Storm Isaac was located by NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft data and surface observations 50 miles southwest of Dominica.

Florence's weakening as it neared the coast created tension between some who left home and authorities who anxious that the storm could still be deadly. "I built this house myself, so I'm not anxious at all, I know it's solid", he said. "If I can't get back in a week, after a while they might turn on each other or trash the place".

The police chief of a barrier island in Florence's bulls'-eye said he was asking for next-of-kin contact information from the few residents who refused to leave.

"We know where the water's going now so we can kind of better prepare those buildings and exhibits", she said.

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