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Mother and baby among dead as Hurricane Florence lashes United States coast

Mother and baby among dead as Hurricane Florence lashes United States coast

"Cameras outside the International Space Station captured views of Hurricane Florence on September 14 at 7:41 a.m. EDT minutes after the storm made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina packing winds of 90 miles an hour", NASA said in a video description.

Forecasters say the center of the eye of Florence has made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina.

Even though Florence was downgraded late on Thursday to a Category 1 storm before making landfall, it wrought substantial damage in this area of the North Carolina shoreline, and authorities warned the storm would remain a serious danger for the coming 36 hours.

President Donald Trump is expected to travel to areas hit by Florence next week, once it is determined his travel will not disrupt any rescue or recovery efforts, the White House said on Friday.

The National Hurricane Centre said Florence will eventually break up over the southern Appalachians and make a right hook to the northeast, its rainy remnants moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England by the middle of next week.

A state of emergency has been declared in five coastal states - North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia.

Response teams had already "brought in busloads" of rescued people from areas including Fairfield Harbor, New Bern, Adams Creek and Township 7, she said.

Both the Trent and Neuse rivers overflowed their banks, flooding homes, stores and streets and trapping many people in their houses.




"Hurricanes normally come in and they go inland, which sucks the power out of them as they go over the land", he said.

Several million people could lose power by the time Florence sloshes its way through the state.

By Friday night the center of the storm had moved to eastern SC, about 15 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

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.

Sample said that when he looked outside of his house, which is about 1,000 yards from the beach, he saw the rain pooling up on the street and what looked like storm surge coming up the road. It is expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said.

"The fact is this storm is deadly and we know we are days away from an ending", Cooper said.

Not everyone was taking Florence too seriously: About two dozen locals gathered Thursday night behind the boarded-up windows of The Barbary Coast bar as Florence blew into Wilmington.

NHC Director Ken Graham said on Facebook the storm surges could push as far as 2 miles (3 km) inland. "It came in slowly but then it just steady, just kept rising", Annazette Riley-Cromartie said.