'Uninvited brute': Hurricane Florence pounds the Carolinas

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Similarly, Raw Story posted a story Friday evening claiming that Myrtle Beach would be cut off from the state "indefinitely", citing a report from MSNBC.

Cpl. Nicholas Digregorio and his wife Danielle are stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and evacuated due to the hurricane. Pic.

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

Rainfall also is swelling waterways: Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com calculated that 34 million people in the USA are forecast to get at least 3 inches of rain from Hurricane Florence, with more than 5.7 million people probably getting at least a foot of rain. A group of deer were spotted swimming behind a CBS news correspondent Adriana Diaz's right shoulder while she was covering flooding in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Rivers will continue to rise days after the rain has stopped, he said.

Downtown New Bern, on the Neuse River also is flooded.

Firefighters said the area had not been in the zone under evacuation orders.

Annazette Riley-Cromartie said she and her family thought they'd be safe in their brick house in eastern North Carolina. More ppl now face a threat than when the storm was offshore. Restoring power to all customers could take weeks, it said. You can help those impacted by the hurricane by donating to the American Red Cross or donating blood at the Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City.

Boats are stacked up on each other in a marina as a result from Florence in New Bern, North Carolina.

"You can walk faster than this storm is moving", said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo.

In its initial onslaught along the coast, Florence buckled buildings, deluged entire communities and knocked out power to more than 900,000 homes and businesses. However, as US Presidents Trump says, "fake news".

"We are not turning away that help", she said. Gov. Roy Cooper warned, describing day after day of disastrous weather to come.

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Power outages are widespread, affecting over 740,000 homes and businesses in North Carolina and 163,000 in SC.

In a separate briefing, Steve Goldstein of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said some areas have already received two feet of rain and could expect up to 20 inches more as the system moved "slowly, almost stationary" over eastern North Carolina.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence broke a North Carolina rainfall record that had stood for nearly 20 years: Preliminary reports showed Swansboro got over 30 inches and counting, eclipsing the mark set in 1999, when Hurricane Floyd dropped just over 24 inches on the state.

The Wilmington region could see "storm totals between 30 and 40 inches along the North Carolina coastal areas south of Cape Hatteras".

More than 415,000 homes and businesses were without power September 14 morning according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the nation's electrical grid.

Downgraded to a Tropical Storm, its core is now drifting westward over SC, threatening more flash floods and major river flooding.

Ex-hurricane Florence's top sustained winds have weakened to 80-kilometres-per-hour but it's projected to bring further catastrophic flash flooding. More than 22,600 people were housed in 150 shelters statewide.

Officials found a basketball-sized hole in the hotel wall and other life-threatening damage, with some cinder blocks crumbling and parts of the roof collapsing.

Coast Guard helicopters were taking off across the street to rescue stranded people.

The pair of dolphins swam near the battered coastline as the storm's waves and high winds raged around them.