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Almost 200,000 without power as Hurricane Florence lashes North Carolina coast

As Hurricane Florence, a dangerous Category 1 storm, continues on its path toward the East Coast, surf cameras are showing the live impact the storm is having on the Carolinas.

The massive storm will impact millions as it charges toward the southeastern U.S., and is expected to bring with it massive amounts of rain, dangerous flooding and powerful storm surges.

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Florences flood waters could be half a foot higher, thanks to climate change

Note: Surf cams may experience sporadic technical difficulties due to high traffic and adverse local conditions. Fox News app users: Click here to view the cameras in a mobile browser.

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The eye of Hurricane Florence is nearly over land, as tropical-storm-force winds extending almost 200 miles are pounding the Carolina coastline.

Rescue workers from Township No. 7 Fire Department and volunteers from the Civilian Crisis Response Team use a truck to move people rescued from their flooded homes during Hurricane Florence September 14, 2018 in James City, United States. Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 storm and flooding from the heavy rain is forcing hundreds of people to call for emergency rescues in the area around New Bern, North Carolina, which sits at the confluence of the Nueces and Trent rivers. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Wind Rocks the House as Florence Moves In

BREAKING: The director of Craven County, NC on the coast just told us there were people trapped on roofs, and stuck inside their vehicles. The situation is dire.

A tree bends from the heavy rain and wind from Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina on September 14, 2018. – Florence smashed into the US East Coast Friday 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. Forecasters warned of catastrophic flooding and other mayhem from the monster storm, which is only Category 1 but physically sprawling and dangerous.

— Hurricane-force winds are battering portions of the North Carolina coast, as water levels rise along the coastline and the threat of tornadoes increases further inland.

Volunteers from the Civilian Crisis Response Team help rescue three children from their flooded home September 14, 2018 in James City, United States. Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 storm and flooding from the heavy rain is forcing hundreds of people to call for emergency rescues in the area around New Bern, North Carolina, which sits at the confluence of the Nueces and Trent rivers. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Space Station astronaut captures mammoth Hurricane Florence from directly above

— The storm was moving west-northwest at 6 mph with wind speeds of about 90 mph, about 30 miles east of Wilmington, around 4:30 a.m. local time.

— Though the storm, once a Category 4, was downgraded Thursday night to a Category 1 from a Category 2, the danger is very real. Parts of North Carolina may see as much as 40 inches of rain and storm surges could be as high as 13 feet.

A half-mile up the road, Jeff Ryder sat in a pickup truck, directing the workers who were answering reports of flooded roads and the crews trying to buffer and build dunes being reshaped by Florences winds. Highway 12 was a lifeblood road that tied remote parts of Hatteras Island to the mainland, and Mr. Ryder was determined to keep it clear as long as possible.

For meteorologists, Florence is a horrific nightmare storm

“Flooding and the storm surge — those are the two main things that kill people, and this storm is not letting up,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday.

Officials in Dare County estimated that some 300,000 tourists had fled from the Outer Banks since mandatory evacuations were imposed early this week. Businesses were closed and boarded up, the signs outside restaurants saying, See You After the Storm, and Florence — Be a Nightingale! One was more direct: Best Wishes, Leave Now.

The storm will churn very slowly Friday and Saturday, extending the damaging winds and huge amounts of rain that will hit the same areas of North and South Carolina for 24 hours.

As the sky turned the color of steel wool and more and more cars headed toward the mainland, these summertime vacation islands turned into ghost towns populated mostly by wind and rain. Power lines vibrated like guitar strings. Snowballs of sea foam sailed over dunes and splattered in the streets. Bushes bent and twirled like modern dancers.

Harkers Island this morning around 1030 AM. Gusts to 58 MPH already. Tree limbs down in the area. Video credit: @CapeLookoutNPS #florence pic.twitter.com/lyZ05F7sYo

Flash flooding and river flooding will be central North Carolina's biggest threat associated with Hurricane Florence. Like the tornado threat, the greatest flood risk develops to the right of the hurricane's path…which makes the forecast of the specific path so important. Unfortunately, Florence continues to defy expectations, forecast models, and physical science in general. The NHC's forecast path is above — of course, it has been adjusted south and then back to the north over the last 24 hours, so is it possible that it will be adjusted again? As with everything else in this storm, it's complicated…the forecast models still haven't reached a consensus about what the storm is going to do.

Heres a look at overwash on NC12 just north of Hatteras Village. Again, this is NOT the time to be out on the roads on either Ocracoke or Hatteras Islands. pic.twitter.com/idLvXZ5Gyt

This will be the last long post for a while, since we started our non-stop coverage of Hurricane Florence on CBS 17 at 9:00am. We'll be on the air until Florence and it's associated flooding and wind threats diminish. So let's talk about both, along with the tornado potential. (Oddly, that's the easy part.)

— High winds and floodwaters could knock power out for several days, if not longer, officials said. Almost 200,000 customers already were without power in North Carolina Thursday evening — and that number is likely to rise.

For those in an evacuation area, “there is still time to get out,” Cooper said Thursday. “Dont risk your life riding out a monster storm.”

“Youre potentially risking the life of a first responder who would try to come and help you, and we dont need that,” he added. “I know its difficult to move, and I know that you are leaving things behind that you dont want to leave behind, but no possession is worth your life.”

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South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster added: “Time is running out. Now is the time to go because that window of opportunity is closing on you very quickly.”

Watch out, America! #HurricaneFlorence is so enormous, we could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens from the @Space_Station, 400 km directly above the eye. Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you. #Horizons pic.twitter.com/ovZozsncfh

Kelly Salisbury said shes staying put in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, even though most of the town left.

This is why the big picture matters, and listening to the official evacuation orders. These two photos are the same – just cropped differently. Please stay safe down there! #HurricaneFlorence #Horizons pic.twitter.com/V42GFkjbLi

Trump tweets that Hurricane Florence got more powerful after its downgraded 2 categories

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European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst Tweeted, Watch out, America! #HurricaneFlorence is so enormous, we could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens from the @Space_Station, 400 km directly above the eye.

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“Were on vacation, and we have a week off, and we came down from northern Virginia to have fun,” she told ABC News. “Play in the water, enjoy the sunshine. Until we cant. See what happens.”

The Latest: Florence downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane

She continued: “Of course were worried. But were watching the news every day. Were keeping track of it, seeing where its going to hit and what category it is. And if we feel the need to leave well go. But were going to stay as long as we can.”

On Thursday night, city officials in Jacksonville, North Carolina, posted photos of a toppled gas pump and a downed tree after wind gusts exceeded 80 mph, warning residents to stay indoors as the hurricane passes. Downed power lines have also been reported in the area.

“We are on the wrong side of this storm, where most of the damage is done,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Wednesday. “Plan to be without power for days. Check on your family and neighbors to make sure they are prepared as well. The storm surge alone is likely to flood tens of thousands of structures. At least 50 shelters are open now across the state.”

In Awendaw, South Carolina, Chris Johnson said hes staying behind to watch his house while his wife, Michele, is evacuating.

“Im not sure if I could go out in the middle of the storm on a 12-foot ladder to replace a window, but I could be on the inside and try to do something … or if the refrigerator goes out … I can take care of all of that,” Chris Johnson told ABC News.

Video: 5 a.m. Florence Update: Cat. 2 storm has 110 mph winds

Michele Johnson said shes worried about her husband, but “I think hes OK with me going, so I dont stress him out more. Its probably good for our marriage.”

If a power line falls across a car that youre in, stay in the car, Duke advised. If you must get out of the car due to a fire or other immediate life-threatening situation, do your best to jump clear of the car and land on both feet. Be sure that no part of your body is touching the car when your feet touch the ground.

Video: 5 a.m. Florence Update: Cat. 2 storm has 110 mph winds

Florence Making Landfall On Carolina Coast, Bringing Storm Surge, Heavy Rain

Added Chris: “I think with what we know right now [with the storm track] this is the best decision for us. I think its a great compromise. Im glad we both came to the decision ourselves. Hopefully, the cell phone tower, which is not too far away, will still work. We can keep in touch.”

David Fountain, Duke Energy North Carolinas president, and Dukes storm directer Howard Fowler told reporters Wednesday the company has some 20,000 workers ready to restore power following the storm, including workers from Florida, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio are being brought in to assist, the News & Observer reports.

New Videos Show Hurricane Florence Ready to Unleash Its Fury on US East Coast

Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, tropical depression Olivia is bringing rain and flash flooding to Hawaii.

Avoid streams, drainage ditches, & low lying flood prone areas.Rainfall & runoff may cause hazardous driving conditions due to ponding, reduced visibility, & poor braking action.Dont cross fast flowing or rising water in your vehicle/on foot. Turn around, dont drown! 2/2


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