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Wind approaches outer banks of North Carolina

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Frank Williams | 14 September, 2018, 22:27

"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.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse.

In Morehead City, an NWS Meteorologist captured dramatic footage of rain water sweeping through a parking lot.

New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw told The Herald-Sun around 5 a.m. that about 200 people had been rescued so far.

"Currently ~150 awaiting rescue in New Bern", the city's Twitter page said late Thursday.

Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches with isolated amounts up to 6 inches over elevated terrain are forecast across Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe. More are expected, as the storm could bring winds up to 45 miles per hour around the area, according to Durham County emergency management officials.

Waves of 2 to 3 feet are predicted on the York River during the weekend, the weather service said.

With winds picking up along the coastline earlier Thursday, federal and state officials had issued final appeals to residents to get out of the path of the "once in a lifetime" weather system. They had heeded officials' warnings that the storm was treacherous, with record-setting rains and storm surges not seen in North Carolina in decades.

Preparation And Resilience As Hurricane Florence Approaches
When and where it will make landfall is unclear. "If they're telling you to leave, you have to leave", Graham said. At least 800 flights have been cancelled or grounded due to the storm's expected landfall, CNN reported.

Fox Business Network correspondent Jeff Flock reported live from the eye of Hurricane Florence in Carolina Beach, North Carolina.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm will eventually push westward and make a right hook to the northeast over the southern Appalachians, moving into the mid-Atlantic region and New England as a tropical depression by the middle of next week. While a few tornadoes will also be a possibility in eastern North Carolina today.

He said he could see the sky and birds flying, a striking contrast to the powerful wind and rains that battered the area just half an hour before.

About one million seven hundred thousand people have been ordered to evacuate on the coast of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Myrtle Beach, a SC beach resort, was deserted with empty streets, boarded up storefronts and very little traffic.

Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms. Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and restoration could take weeks. "I'm not leaving him here".

Morehead City resident Rebecca Marson decided not to evacuate because her surgeon husband wanted to remain behind with other first responders.

"I'm not going to put our personnel in harm's way", said Dan House. A woman named Bree tweeted: "If anybody could help. our cars is under water and so is our house stuck in attic". "I charged the batteries of my electronic devices, I have beers and video games".

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