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15 September 2018, 02:34 | Edward Lowe
"It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave".
"I think I could survive a long time".
Florence had been a Category-3 hurricane on Thursday but dropped to Category-1 before coming ashore. Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 km/h) from its centre, and tropical-storm-force winds reached out to 195 miles (315 km/h).
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- Authorities in the coastal city of New Bern were working with federal responders to rescue at least 150 residents who reported themselves stranded in Hurricane Florence's storm surge. The agency adds that people trapped by flooding should "never enter attics or crawl spaces".
The now Category 1 storm's intensity diminished as it neared land, with winds dropping to 90 miles per hour (135 kph) by nightfall.
Florence was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared a year ago for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where the storm was blamed for almost 3,000 deaths in the desperate aftermath. It will likely weaken more on Friday, with "rapid weakening forecast over the weekend", the hurricane center said.
Florence is one of four named storms in the Atlantic. But he expected to be able to ride the storm out. Forecasters said the onslaught could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas.
To prepare for this storm, businesses have been boarding up, and supplies have been readied for what is expected to be a large-scale relief operation. States of emergency have already been declared in both North and SC. Thousands of soldiers from their National Guard forces have been mobilized.
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As of 3 a.m., Florence hadn't moved and was still centered about 35 miles (55 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina. Florence also blew down trees, including one that went through the roof of Kevin DiLoreto's home in Wilmington.
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Hurricane force winds extended 80 miles from the centre of the storm, while tropical storm force winds extended up to 195 miles. Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it's unclear how many did.