Heavy rain, gusting wind and rising flood waters, as Hurricane Florence struck the Carolinas on Thursday. The massive storm has been downgraded to a Category 1, moving at only six miles an hour, but experts say it still has potential to take lives and they warned that with its shear size, it could batter the US East Coast for nearly a full day.
Florence threatens millions of people in its path with record rainfall and punishing surf. Reuters
reports from the Carolina coast.>> Here in Wilmington, North Carolina, the rain is falling and the wind is on the move. But this isn't hurricane weather yet. Hurricane Florence should make a landfall somewhere around Wilmington on Friday afternoon according to the US National Hurricane Center.
Now, whatever happens after that is anyone's guess. Meteorologists are debating how much wind and rain will actually affect this region. Already some parts of North Carolina are reporting flooding, and the weather is expected to soak the region for days.>> Roads on North Carolina's barrier islands are already under water.
The state's governor warned that Florence could unleash enough rain and flooding to cover almost the entire state in several feet of water. On top of that, millions are expected to lose power, as the storm barrels inland. So far, nearly 90,000 people have lost electricity. However, not everyone is deterred.
>> I visited a bar just a few minutes ago here in downtown Wilmington where some residents were there because they said they had no place else to go. They had lost power at home so they figured why not come and have a beer.>> Besides the danger posed by rainfall and massive storm surges, the National Hurricane Center is also warning about the possibility of tornadoes and landslides.