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Trinidadians in the Carolinas prepare for Hurricane Florence

Trinidadians in the Carolinas prepare for Hurricane Florence”

The NHC said the threat of tornadoes was increasing as Florence neared shore and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said the heavy rain could trigger landslides in the west of his state.

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 36 trillion litres, enough to cover the North Carolina to a depth of about 25 cm.

The National Hurricane Center said late Thursday that Florence had already brought a life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds to the North Carolina coast.

The National Hurricane Center said rainfall totals exceeding 14 inches have been reported at several locations across southeastern North Carolina as of 11 a.m. Friday.

Florence, which has been branded a once in a lifetime hurricane, crashed into the coastline on Friday morning.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence came ashore near the town of Wrightsville Beach, almost 10 kilometers east of the city of Wilmington, with maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour and higher gusts.

One report was of a 10-foot surge in New Bern, North Carolina, the National Weather Service said.

"Catastrophic freshwater flooding expected over portions of North and SC". The few cars out on a main street in Wilmington had to swerve to avoid fallen trees, metal debris and power lines.

Hurricane Florence has killed at least three people after it crashed on North Carolina's coast on Friday.

Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 story late Thursday, and now contains maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour with higher gusts.

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".

"Currently ~150 awaiting rescue in New Bern", City Hall said on Twitter.

"I've never been one to leave for a storm but this one kind of had me spooked", he said.

So far, a state of emergency has been declared in five states - South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland and Washington DC.

Sheets of rain splattered against windows of a hotel before daybreak in Wilmington, where Sandie Orsa of Wilmington sat in a lobby lit by emergency lights after the electricity went out.

A hurricane watch is in effect for Edisto Beach South Carolina to South Santee River South Carolina.

"Very eerie, the wind howling, the rain blowing sideways, debris flying", said Orsa, who lives nearby and feared splintering trees would pummel her house.

About 1.7 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders and millions of others live in areas likely to be affected by the storm.



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