According to the National Hurricane Centre, heavy rains with tropical-storm-force winds were yesterday spreading across the outer banks and coastal south-eastern North Carolina.
At 11 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT), the hurricane center said Florence had maximum sustained winds near 45 miles per hour (75 km per hour) and continued to produce catastrophic flooding in the Carolinas. South Carolina's state capital Columbia is at only 89m (292ft).
The number of residential properties indicated does not include inland flooding, CoreLogic said.
Duke said it had more than 20,000 personnel ready to start fixing outages as soon as conditions allowed, including more than 8,000 from Duke's Carolinas utilities, 1,700 from the Midwest, 1,200 from Florida and 9,400 from other utilities.
Wind often gets the headlines, but water is most responsible for deaths in a hurricane. We know it has forced the cancellation of almost 1,800 flights, with more to come, and that it has already caused serious flooding in coastal areas.
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Hurricane Florence's leading edge is battering the Carolina coast, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets, as the hulking storm closes in with 160kph winds for a drenching siege that could last all weekend.
Eduardo Munoz / Reuters The Union Point Park Complex is seen flooded as the Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina. Sixty-one shelters have opened in SC - 12 designated for evacuees with special medical needs - able to accommodate more than 31,000 additional people.
Florence also blew down trees, including one that went through the roof of Kevin DiLoreto's home in Wilmington. The child's father was taken to a hospital. Paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris. Also, a 77-year-old man was apparently knocked down by the wind and died after going out to check on his hunting dogs, Lenoir County authorities said, and the governor's office said a man was electrocuted while trying to connect extension cords in the rain.
MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA-Time is running short to get out of the way of Hurricane "Florence", a monster of a storm that has a region of more than 10 million people in its potentially devastating sights as it zeroes in on the U.S. southeast coast.
For Western North Carolina, the storm is not going to be felt until Saturday.
At 2 a.m. Friday, the city tweeted an ominous message, saying at least 150 people were awaiting rescue. New Bern is about 32 miles north of Morehead City, North Carolina, and 101 miles southeast of Raleigh.
"Unfortunately, when storms hit is during our fall season", he said.
"On a scale of one to 10, I'm probably a seven in terms of worry, she said". The figure for SC was 170,000.
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Government weather satellites captured this image of Hurricane Florence shortly after its landfall September 14, 2018 . A gust of 169km/h was recorded at Wilmington airport, surpassing the power of Hurricane Fran two decades ago.
Duke Energy Corp expected between 25 percent and 75 percent of its 4 million customers would lose power in the Carolinas. Usually storms come to the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic from the south - and those usually curve safely out to sea.
The ocean is moving inland ahead of Florence as storm surge begins to flood the Carolinas coast, according to the NHC. There are now two more tropical storms in the Atlantic - Joyce and Isaac - and a category 1 hurricane named Helen.
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Eudy's family has lived in New Bern since the 1850s, he said. "WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted around 2 a.m. The few cars out on a main street in Wilmington had to swerve to avoid fallen trees, metal debris and power lines.
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