Trinidadians in the Carolinas prepare for Hurricane Florence

Jacob Harrelson and his wife Beth install protective plywood on a local business in anticipation of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington N.C. on Wednesday

Jacob Harrelson and his wife Beth install protective plywood on a local business in anticipation of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington N.C. on Wednesday

On Friday morning, Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, bringing extreme winds, surging seas, and huge amounts of rain to the coast. Hundreds more had to be rescued elsewhere from rising waters.

Parker says that while she's holding up OK so far, she worries about her friends and others in the community, and about how Florence might impact her home.

None of the people rescued were injured.

As the giant, 644km/hr hurricane pounded away, it unloaded heavy rain, flattened trees, chewed up roads and knocked out power to more than 600,000 homes and businesses.

Southeastern coastal North Carolina and far northeastern SC are expected to get pelted with 20 to 30 inches of rain, and some isolated spots may get up to 40 inches in 48 hours.

More than 722,000 homes and businesses were without power in North and SC early on Friday, utility officials said. The post was retweeted more than 80,000 times-and one year later he's done it again (with more than 1,000 retweets).

Adding to concerns, forecasters warned the larger and slow-moving storm could linger for days around the coast, leaving many without power and supplies.

Roberts said rescuers were facing very challenging conditions, but assured residents help was on the way.

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After appearing headed toward the North Carolina-Virginia border at one point, Florence shifted south and is now taking aim at the Carolinas.

To avoid this, make sure to get weather updates from the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service accounts.

"A storm surge of 10 feet above normal levels was reported by the National Weather Service office in Morehead City, North Carolina", reported the National Hurricane Center, citing transportation officials in that state. Gradual weakening is expected throughout the day Friday, with significant weakening predicted over the weekend.

On Thursday evening, the Neuse River burst its banks which caused rapid flooding in New Bern, North Carolina, forcing residents to flee as the entire city lost power. "I should stay in my house, where I have water and food".

"The time to leave is running out, there will come a time when it will be too late and the rescue teams will not be able to come because they will also have to take refuge", warned South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.

More than a million people along the coastlines of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have been ordered to evacuate.

Video reports from several towns in the Carolinas showed emergency personnel wading through rippling thigh-high floodwaters in residential neighborhoods.

"This is an absolute life-threatening scenario".

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