Weatherman Forced to Evacuate Mid-Broadcast As Hurricane Florence Floods Station

Hurricane Florence from above: Startling images of the huge storm from the International Space Station

Hurricane Florence from above: Startling images of the huge storm from the International Space Station

Craven County officials said they responded to 200 calls for help.

Forecasters said conditions will deteriorate as the storm pushes ashore early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and makes its way slowly inland. Preliminary reports show more than 30 inches of rain in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, according to the U.S Geological Survey.

"Stay in place. People are still being rescued in coastal North Carolina".

New Bern's WCTI television employees fled their studio Thursday night due to rising flood waters. "And since we're already on high ground, those two things together kind of help insulate us a little more than, I would say, others", she said. Hurricane Florence will slow down as it approaches the coast and moves inland. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement to The Hill that Trump would head to storm-damaged regions "early to middle next week" and that more information about his travel plans would be forthcoming. The risky storm surge caused damage and flooding.

The storm was expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said.

A mother and infant in North Carolina were among the first reported fatalities linked to Hurricane Florence.

"This storm is going to continue its violent grind across our state for days", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said.

Storm surges of up to six feet were forecast for Belhaven, North Carolina, where this video was recorded on the night of September 13.

Salisbury, N.C. -based Food Lion on Friday said it has begun now accepting financial donations for Hurricane Florence relief at its 1,000 stores.

By Friday evening, the center of the storm had moved to eastern SC, about 15 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

Roy Cooper, governor for North Carolina, said: "The sun rose this morning on an extremely risky situation and it's going to get worse".

"When we run the model ... that's our counter-factual world, without climate change", Reed said. Duke Energy provides power to 4 million people across the Carolinas.

As of 11:00 pm (0300 GMT), maximum sustained winds had weakened to 65 miles (104 kilometers) per hour but the NHC warned residents to be alert for life-threatening storm surges and "catastrophic freshwater flooding".

"I'm a bit skeptical about detection and attribution of specific weather events", said Michael Mann, director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center.

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