The Weather Channel’s green-screen hurricane simulation is terrifying

Poverty will keep some in eastern North Carolina from fleeing the wrath of Hurricane Florence

As Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach on the North Carolina coast, bringing sustained winds of 68 miles per hour and a flooding storm surge, at least three other named storms are still churning in the Atlantic.

More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters.

As 400-mile-wide Florence pounded away at the coast with torrential downpours and surging seas, rescue crews used boats to reach scores of people besieged by rising waters along a river. And others could only hope someone would come for them.

WCTI, the ABC affiliate in New Bern, was on-air with its meteorologists when the crew announced that their building was flooding, forcing the crew to evacuate.

The city warns that people "may need to move up to the second story" but tells them to stay put as "we are coming to get you".

A rush of ocean water invaded the streets on the southern end of North Carolina's Hatteras Island on Thursday, according to The Virginian-Pilot's Jeff Hampton, who said arterial roads were at risk of being impassable after water overwhelmed the dunes.

More than 634,000 homes and businesses were without power in North and SC early on Friday, utility officials said. But the danger comes not so much from the wind as from the storm surges, which could raise the sea level to 4 meters in some points and flood the coast.

"Hurricane Florence is powerful, slow and relentless", he said. Roberts said numerous residents live near the Neuse and Trent rivers.

There were no immediate reports of storm-related deaths or serious injuries.

Hurricane Florence won't just leave fallen trees and flooded streets in its wake. As of 2 p.m., the storm was about 35 miles west-southwest of Wilmington, N.C., and about 35 miles east-northeast of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

He said parts of North Carolina had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 3.5m. Significant weakening is expected over the weekend.

About 200 people were rescued in New Bern, a small coastal city 90 miles further north-west, with another 150 residents awaiting help after a 10ft surge in floodwater caused by hours of heavy rainfall.

Jason O. Boyd, the station's digital media manager, posted on the official Twitter account shortly after midnight to say that everyone got out safely.

Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it was unclear how many did.

More than 440,000 homes and businesses were without power in North and SC early on Friday, utility officials said. "I've got four cats inside the house". Fortunately for House, he says this storm should not be a devastating event for the beach town in terms of loss of life.

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