Storm Florence: The impact in numbers

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Parts of North and SC were forecast to get as much as 40 inches of rain (1 meter). It continues to chug west, slowing down from 5 miles per hour to 2 miles per hour.

The hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm on Friday evening, and the National Weather Servicesaid early Saturday that it was "slowly weakening".

As of noon, Swansboro, North Carolina, had almost 31 inches of rain, Emerald Isle had over 23, and Wilmington and Goldsboro had about a foot.

The program was used in North Carolina after Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

Florence flattened trees, buckled buildings and crumpled roads.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm as it moved further inland in the days ahead.

"If you are refusing to leave during this mandatory evacuation, you need to do things like notify your legal next of kin because the loss of life is very, very possible", Mayor Mitch Colvin said at a news conference.

Hundreds were rescued in New Bern, a city of 30,000 at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions. Dozens of electric fix trucks massed to respond to damage expected to hit central North Carolina as rainwater collected into rivers headed to the coast. Floodwaters submerged U.S. Highway 264, cutting off a major route to other flood-prone areas along the river and the adjacent Pamlico Sound. The Neuse River rose rapidly, overcoming the streets of New Bern. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. Rains have been relentless, and Florence continues to dump a "catastrophic" amount of water in its path. In the clip, journalist Mike Seidel can be seen struggling to stand on his feet due to high wind speeds as two men casually walk behind him in the background.

Utility crews worked to restore electricity. "These are folks who made a decision to stay and ride out the storm for whatever reason, despite having a mandatory evacuation", city public information officer Colleen Roberts said.

Florence's intensity has diminished since it roared ashore along the USA mid-Atlantic coast on Friday as a hurricane. It was moving west at 3 miles per hour, the National Weather Service said.

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That's about 220 miles from Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, where Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m. September 14, coming ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

"The fact that there haven't been more deaths and damage is unbelievable and a blessing", said Rebekah Roth, walking around Wilmington's Winoca Terrace neighborhood.

"The storm is wreaking havoc on our state, and we're deeply concerned for farms, for businesses, for schools and even for whole communities that might be wiped away", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said.

"My No. 1 responsibility as a coach is to protect our players and that's what we're trying to do", Montgomery said.

Perry says his department has been in contact with power companies and gas pipeline operators. "And we had no belief it would be as significant an event as it was, ” he said. “This is a 500- or 1,000-year event. ”Eudy´s family has lived in New Bern since the 1850s, he said".

More than 751,859 people in North Carolina without power as of 3 p.m. ET in North Carolina, North Carolina Emergency Management tweeted.

The aquatic mammals are seen swimming against the current of the storm surge as it pounds the coastline near Wilmington, North Carolina, yesterday.

Though the popular North Carolina tourist destination seems to have been spared the worst of Florence's wrath, the islands still have some of the fastest rates of sea level rise in the world, almost an inch a year.

The storm made landfall in Wilmington, North Carolina, in the gloom of dawn Friday as a Category 1 hurricane.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull dozens of people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse. A town spokesman said between 60 and 75 people were awaiting rescue on Saturday.

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