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"We have 2 out-of-state FEMA teams here for swift water rescue".

The storm is moving steadily toward the Carolinas' coastal areas. At least two dozen utility trucks gathered near Charlotte Motor Speedway to prepare to move in and start restoring power as soon as conditions are safe.

More than 634,000 homes and businesses were without power in North and SC early on Friday, utility officials said.

Florence could cause an environmental disaster in North Carolina, where waste from hog manure pits, coal ash dumps and other industrial sites could wash into homes and threaten drinking water supplies. Electricity remained out for much of the city, with power lines lying across many roads like wet strands of spaghetti. Professor at Tulane University in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

"This possibility could bring prolonged hurricane-force winds and storm surge throughout Saturday and Sunday, to coastal areas along North and SC, and significant inland flooding to whole region", RMS said.

The center of the hurricane's eye came ashore at about 7:15 a.m. EDT (1115 GMT) near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina, with sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

The flooding soon spread into SC, swamping places like North Myrtle Beach, in a resort area known for its white sands and multitude of golf courses. "The rainfall has been and continues to be a very substantial threat over the entire area".

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.

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The coastal area of SC features hundreds of inlets while North Carolina has barrier islands miles away from the mainland. The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Florence has finally made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

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Florence is headed straight for some of the most well-known military bases in the country.

"It's like being stalked by a turtle", Federal Emergency Management Agency official Jeff Byard told reporters. Two men died in Lenoir County, one electrocuted attempting to connect extension cords and the other killed when he was blown down by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs.

For people living inland in the Carolinas, the moment of maximum peril from flash flooding could arrive days later, because it takes time for rainwater to drain into rivers and for those streams to crest.

Authorities in New Bern said more than 100 people had to be saved from floods and that the downtown area was underwater. Some local residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit early on Friday.

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

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses could be flooded in North Carolina alone, Governor Cooper warned. Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations. Trump plans a visit to the region next week.

WILMINGTON (North Carolina) • Hurricane Florence, weakened but still risky, crashed into the Carolinas yesterday as a giant, slow-moving storm that stranded residents with flood waters and swamped part of the town of New Bern at the beginning of what could be a days-long deluge.

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