Hurricane Florence: Over 188,000 without power as monster storm batters Carolinas

Hurricane Florence's onslaught threatens disaster in North Carolina

"The weather is a visceral, physical thing, and we're trying to recreate that in the most realistic way possible", The Weather Channel'svice president of design Michael Potts told The Verge.

"The worst of the storm is not yet here, but these are early warnings of the days to come", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said.

"The fact is this storm is deadly and we know we are days away from an ending", Cooper said.

The dead included a mother and baby killed when a tree fell on a house in Wilmington, North Carolina. Also, one person was killed while plugging in a generator, and a man was knocked to the ground while outside and died, authorities said.

Tom Balance, owner of a seafood restaurant in New Bern, had decided against evacuating his home and was soon alarmed to see waves coming off the Neuse and the water getting higher and higher.

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

Hurricane Florence smashed into the U.S. east coast Friday, September 14, with howling winds, torrential rains and life-threatening storm surges as emergency crews scrambled to rescue hundreds of people stranded in their homes by flood waters. It blew ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

But it was clear that this was really about the water, not the wind.

Forecasters say the center of Hurricane Florence is hovering just inland near Cape Fear, North Carolina. The hurricane is expected to make landfall on Friday, with heavy rain and hurricane-force winds potentially lasting for days.

Florence was one of two major storms on Friday.

It was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane before coming ashore near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina.

"The combination of a unsafe storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline", the hurricane center advisory said.

About 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians have been deployed, with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats.

In this photo provided by NASA, Hurricane Florence churns over the Atlantic Ocean heading for the US east coast as seen from the International Space Station.

Hurricane Florence made landfall outside Wilmington, North Carolina, about 7:15 a.m. on Friday as a Category 1 storm. Forecasters said "catastrophic" freshwater flooding was expected along waterways far from the coast of the Carolinas. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches of water, he calculated.

Flood waters surround a house as Hurricane Florence hits Swansboro N.C., on Friday.

A tornado watch was also in effect for parts of North Carolina. The few cars out on a main street in Wilmington had to swerve to avoid fallen trees, metal debris and power lines.

The hurricane is moving towards land with maximum sustained wind speeds.

Airlines cancelled more than 2,100 flights through Sunday.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse.

Storm surges were forecast to be at their peak Thursday night just before midnight and Friday around noon, according to NBC News' Al Roker.

"You can't get over till we have power and we have sewer up and running", said the retired teacher and real estate agent, who rode out the hurricane in an inland hotel.

Boat teams rescued residents Sadie Marie Holt, 67, who first tried to row out of her neighborhood during Florence's assault.

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