Hurricane Florence looms over East Coast — WHAT'S HAPPENING

Preparation And Resilience As Hurricane Florence Approaches

It was crawling west-southwest at 3 miles per hour, lifting huge amounts of ocean moisture and dumping it far from the coast. Labor Day marked the end of the peak tourism season in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and other coastal getaways.

Power outages from Florence, which was downgraded to a tropical storm early Friday evening, have topped 700,000 customers.

A spokesperson for the ABC affiliate said roads around the building were flooding. The center reported a satellite altimeter measured wave heights as high as 83' in the northeast quadrant of the storm.

Flood waters surround a house as Hurricane Florence hits Swansboro N.C., on Friday.

Video posted on Twitter showed a meteorologist telling viewers about the evacuation before walking off-screen.

High winds and storm surge from Hurricane Florence hits Swansboro N.C., on September 14, 2018.

Though Florence has weakened slightly, it's still a very unsafe storm, and a life-threatening storm surge and rainfall are expected.

"A lot of our storefronts are boarded up", said Lynn Davis, town manager for Belhaven which sits at sea level in northeastern North Carolina.

The hurricane center said the large amount of rainfall "will produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding".

Eudy's family has lived in New Bern since the 1850s, he said.

About 500 people had to be rescued in flooding early Friday in New Bern, which is about 30 miles north of Morehead City.

President Donald Trump said there was nothing to fear because his administration did such good work responding to last year's storms - including Hurricane Maria, which killed 3,000 people in Puerto Rico. "We got thrown into mailboxes, houses, trees", said Holt, who had stayed at home because of a doctor's appointment that was later canceled. The storm is more than likely to develop into a tropical depression and bring several inches of rain to the Houston area.

About 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians have been deployed, with high-water vehicles, helicopters, and boats.

"This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coastline". So far, floods as deep as 6.3 feet and wind gusts as fast as 105 miles per hour have been recorded.

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

Trump says his administration has been in "close contact" with the state and local governments soon to be impacted by the massive storm.

More than 415,000 homes and businesses were without power on Friday morning, according to poweroutage.us which tracks the nation's electrical grid.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.

The flooding soon spread into SC, swamping places like North Myrtle Beach, in a resort area known for its white sands and multitude of golf courses.

Tropical storm Florence lumbered inland on Saturday, knocking down trees, flooding rivers, and dumping sheets of rain in the Carolinas where five people have died.

Soldiers from Fort Campbell and Fort Drum are being deployed to North Carolina to assist with response and recovery efforts.

The governors of the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland and Georgia all declared states of emergency.

A North Carolina city says about 70 people have been rescued from a hotel whose structural integrity is being threatened by Hurricane Florence.

"Do you want to get hit with a train or do you want to get hit with a cement truck?" he said.

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