Dolphins swimming in flood water caused by Hurricane Florence

Erika Navarro 3D weather

Erika Navarro 3D weather

It was moving at a paltry 5 miles per hour.

"I couldn't even imagine", he said.

The 63-year-old former firefighter says he was able to sleep through the torrential rain and thrashing winds when then-Hurricane Florence made landfall early Friday morning, only waking up to texts he received at 7 a.m. from friends checking up on him.

The barrier island of Emerald Isle is under water, with ocean waves rolling in over a six-foot storm surge and crashing into homes.

Florence became a tropical storm just before 5 p.m. Friday as it headed over far southeastern North Carolina just west of Wilmington.

It's about the water, not the wind, with Hurricane Florence making an extended stay along the North Carolina coast.

"It can not be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard associated with slow-moving Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland", forecasters said, reports CBS News.

Forecasters warned that drenching rains of 30 centimetres to 1 metre as the hurricane-turned-tropical storm crawls westward across North and SC could trigger epic flooding well inland over the next few days.

But it's not only North Carolinians who live along the coast who are being impacted by severe flooding. Its forward movement was 6 miles per hour (9 kph).

With tropical storm-force winds swirling 350 miles wide, Florence continued deluging the Carolinas on Saturday morning after pushing surging seas far ashore.

This remains a long duration event of flooding rain, storm surge and very strong winds over a widespread area.

Hundreds of people in North Carolina have been rescued from rising water.

It has trapped people in flooded homes, with citizen swift-water rescue teams from out of state joining local emergency professionals around the clock to try and bring them to safety.


None of the people rescued were injured.

There have now been seven deaths in North Carlolina linked to Hurricane Florence.

"Flash flooding will be extreme and flood waters will come up quickly and seemingly out of nowhere", the governor said.

A damaged house is seen after Hurricane Florence struck in Winnabow, North Carolina, U.S., September 15, 2018. City spokeswoman Colleen Roberts tells WRAL-TV that 200 people have already been rescued. Roberts said numerous residents live near the Neuse and Trent rivers.

Neighbour Adam Sparks said he noticed emergency responders arrive at the house across the street right around when his power went out and the storm was intensifying.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted during the height of the storm.

As Hurricane Storm Florence lashed through the Carolinas with howling winds and heavy rain, one reporter was captured attempting to keep it together as winds appeared to lash at him, but was mocked when two people were seen walking behind him with little difficulty.

View of Florence in Wilmington, N.C., on Friday. "You're going to have flooding miles and miles inland", the center's director, Ken Graham, said. It was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane before coming ashore near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina.

And weather officials said more is coming, labeling as "extreme" the impacts from storm surge and flash flooding. Authorities say at least 20,000 people have evacuated their homes and are sought refuge in shelters throughout North Carolina. The agency is primarily warning residents about heavy storm surge and heavy rainfall.

Satellites will continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Florence from space to make more accurate predictions about where it's heading next.

The flooding soon spread into SC.

With one grueling day behind them, the Carolinas on Friday grappled with rising water and cascading misery from a deadly and agonizingly slow-moving Tropical Storm Florence expected to linger through the weekend.

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