Immigration officers have been dispatched to help with response and recovery as Florence lashes North and SC with life-threatening winds, rain and floods. The storm knocked out power to more than 890,000 homes and businesses, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the USA electrical grid.
It was set to inundate nearly all of North Carolina in several feet of water, State Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference, while National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear predicted up to eight months of rain in two or three days.
In one incident, a mother and infant were killed when a tree fell on their house in Wilmington.
Residents can be seen wading through deep floodwater in New Bern as they attempt to retrieve their belongings.
"I'm just trying to make myself feel at home", said Simone Brown, who has also been at the Palmetto Bays Elementary School shelter since Tuesday.
It appeared that the north side of the eye was the most risky place to be as Florence moved ashore.
"The worst of the storm is not yet here, but these are the early warnings of the days to come", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told reporters just before the hurricane made landfall.
But it was clear that this was really about the water, not the wind.
This story was compiled from McClatchy papers in North Carolina, the Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News & Observer; and in South Carolina, The State in Columbia, the Beaufort Gazette, The Island Packet in Hilton Head and The Sun News in Myrtle Beach; and supplemented with wire service reports.
Kroger said it has shut down four stores in SC and suspended grocery pickup and/or delivery in six SC stores, eight Georgia stores and five Virginia stores.
The National Hurricane Center said a gauge in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, reported 6.3 feet (1.92 meters) of inundation. "Lots of water, lots of wind, lots of storm surge."As of 7:35 a.m., top winds were holding at 90 miles per hour thats just a Category 1 hurricane and moving west at 6 miles per hour". Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
"To those in the storm's path, if you can hear me, please stay sheltered in place", he said at a news conference in Raleigh, adding that Florence would "continue its violent grind across the state for days". Forecasters say it could become a depression by Saturday night. By that time, emergency crews had already been deployed to parts of the state where people were trapped by floodwaters.
No deaths have been reported in New Bern, but the situation caused by Hurricane Florence is dire, the mayor said.
Prior to Hurricane Florence's landfall, more than 1.7 million were ordered to evacuate the coast. Harris Teeter, a Kroger Co. subsidiary, announced closings for 24 stores in North Carolina and 18 stores in SC. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimeters) of water, he calculated.
North Carolina alone is forecast to get 36 trillion litres, enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 25 centimetres.
Waters of the Pungo River in Belhaven, North Carolina have also overflowed and have swelled dangerously. The few cars out on a main street in Wilmington had to swerve to avoid fallen trees, metal debris and power lines.
The storm's intensity held at about 90 miles per hour (144 kph), and it appeared that the north side of the eye was the most risky place to be as Florence moved ashore.
Airlines canceled more than 2,100 flights through Sunday. The Neuse River rose rapidly, overcoming the streets of New Bern.
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The wind and rain will continue to ramp up during the day Thursday with hurricane force gusts (74 mph+) arriving Thursday evening. It was the first time South Caroline has reversed its highways for an evacuation since Hurricane Floyd in 1999.
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EDT (0555 UTC) on September 10, the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite looked at Hurricane Florence in infrared light. The element will lead to a "life-threatening storm surges, exceptionally strong heavy rains and destructive winds", they say.
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