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2 killed as Florence hits Carolinas with flooding, over 700,000 without power

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Staff Writer | September 14, 2018
Florence hits Carolinas
America   Hundreds of thousands have lost power

After lingering just offshore from Wilmington, North Carolina, through Thursday night, Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach early Friday morning. The storm will continue to producing devastating storm surge, wind gusts, tornadoes and flash flooding conditions throughout eastern North Carolina.

As Florence continues to meander along the shoreline on Friday, the storm is expected to inflict further damage over the region.

Download the free AccuWeather app to stay up-to-date with Florence’s expected track and impacts to the eastern coast of the United States.

Hundreds of thousands have lost power across North and South Carolina since Florence first began impacting the Carolinas on Thursday.

"Significant wind damage will lead to utility outages that may last several weeks, especially along the immediate coastline," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Matt Rinde warned.

Storm surge exceeded 10 feet in New Bern, North Carolina, on Thursday night, sending first responders out into the storm as many people were forced to their top floors and roofs. Similar flood conditions threaten coastal communities up and down the North Carolina coast.

Rainfall totals have already exceeded a foot at several locations, and the rain is not expected to let up any time soon.

"Florence has slowed to a crawl as expected, and this will only exacerbate the flooding situation for the Carolinas from now through Sunday,” Rinde said.

“Early next week, Florence will bring a threat of heavy rainfall and flooding farther north up the spine of the Appalachians and perhaps into the eastern Ohio Valley."


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