Astronauts Capture Haunting Video of Hurricane Florence Making Landfall From Space

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On Friday morning, Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, bringing extreme winds, surging seas, and huge amounts of rain to the coast.

Wilmington police tweeted that the father was transported to the hospital with unspecified injuries.

Hurricane Florence's came ashore at Wrightsville Beach, near Wilmington, N.C., at 7:15 a.m. ET on Friday with sustained winds of 90 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

"We've heard from many of our customers across our operating area that they want to join with us to support our neighbors and communities in areas impacted by the storm", stated Food Lion President Meg Ham.

Florence had been a Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale with 120-mph winds as of Thursday, but dropped to a Category 1 hurricane before coming ashore.

On Thursday evening, the Neuse River burst its banks which caused rapid flooding in New Bern, North Carolina, forcing residents to flee as the entire city lost power.

WXII-TV reports the city of New Bern said Friday that two out-of-state FEMA teams were working on swift-water rescues and more teams were on the way.

Gov. Roy Cooper said Friday that Florence is "wreaking havoc" and he's concerned "whole communities" could be wiped away.

By early afternoon, Florence's winds had weakened to 75 miles per hour, just barely a hurricane and well below the storm's terrifying Category 4 peak of 140 miles per hour earlier in the week.

As of 6 a.m., Florence was 10 miles (20 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina.

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Cooper said Florence was set to cover nearly all of North Carolina in several feet of water.

York County prepared for Florence by opening a shelter at Tabb High School but has since dismantled it.

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.

Forecasters say the combination of a life-threatening storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. Forecasters said "catastrophic" freshwater flooding was expected along waterways far from the coast of the Carolinas.

The hurricane center predicts as much as 101 centimeters (40 inches) of rain for some parts of North Carolina.

This landfall has been a long time coming: The hurricane arrived more than two weeks after the National Hurricane Center issued its first advisory for the storm.

A view of Hurricane Florence is shown churning in the Atlantic Ocean in a west, north-westerly direction heading for the eastern coastline of the United States.

North Carolina utilities have estimated that as many as 2.5 million state residents could be left without power, the state's Department of Public Safety said.

"These are folks who made a decision to stay and ride out the storm for whatever reason, despite having a mandatory evacuation", she said.

Parts of North and SC were forecast to get as much as one metre of rain.

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