'Florence could KILL a lot of people' Latest warnings

West of Charleston South Carolina

West of Charleston South Carolina

Inland flooding near New Bern, North Carolina caused by Hurricane Florence's storm surge as predicted by the ADCIRC computer model.

Tens of thousands are without power in North Carolina. Heavy rainfall began after dark.

Interested in Hurricane Florence? But these winds combined with a giant storm surge and deluge of rain are brewing havoc along the coast.

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.

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But North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned: "Don't relax, don't get complacent".

Those opting to stay have been told power outages could last week. "Today, the threat becomes a reality". Another 400 people were in shelters in Virginia, where forecasts were less dire.

Within hours of the storm making landfall, officials in Onslow County - which includes the city of Jacksonville, reported "major structural damage to homes, businesses and institutions".

Florence's center will be moving inland very soon, said the National Hurricane Center in its 5 a.m. update, but it's expected to slow down after it reaches the coast Friday. "We're still going to have a Category 4 storm surge". Despite weakening to a Category 1 storm, the Federal Emergency Management Agency gives this ominous warning: "Don't focus on the category of the storm".

People are seen inside a shelter run by Red Cross before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Grantsboro, N.C., September 13, 2018.

There is around 156,068 people that have lost power and police have suspended their services in Morehead City and other coastal cities, warning any residents who remain in the evacuation zone that they will be without emergency services until the storm passes.

Wilmington resident Julie Terrell was plenty concerned after walking to breakfast past a row of shops fortified with boards, sandbags and hurricane shutters.

"I don't care if this goes down to a Category 1", CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said. "Because it's Mother Nature".

Florence has already dropped more than 30 inches of rain in some areas of the Carolina border.

At least 12,000 people had taken refuge in 126 emergency shelters, Cooper said, with more facilities being opened. Along the coast, fewer homes have flood insurance than five years ago. She said a hurricane has a way of bringing everyone to the same level.

The forecaster initially said he would stay in the newsroom to keep viewers up to date, but less than 20 minutes later he was forced to get out of the building. Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and that restoring it could take weeks. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said.

He said hurricane-force winds extended outward 80 miles from the center of the storm and tropical storm-force winds extended almost 200 miles out.

One video, below shows the effect from a potential storm surge which could rise up to 9 feet in some areas. This is a heck of a lot more effective for getting the point across - and much safer.

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