"Slow mover" Florence set to soak Carolinas

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Published on September 14, 2018 - Duration: 01:24s

"Slow mover" Florence set to soak Carolinas

Federal officials warned on Friday that Hurricane Florence is a "very slow mover" and could dump as much as 40 inches of rain along parts of the Carolina coastline.

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"Slow mover" Florence set to soak Carolinas

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Hurricane Florence, weakened but still dangerous, crashed into the Carolinas on Friday as a giant, slow-moving storm that stranded residents with floodwaters and swamped part of the town of New Bern at the beginning of what could be a days-long deluge.

The center of the hurricane's eye came ashore at about 7:15 a.m.

EDT (1115 GMT) near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina, with sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said Florence was set to cover almost all of the state in several feet of water.

As of Friday morning, Atlantic Beach, a town on North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier island chain, already had received 30 inches (76 cm) of rain, the U.S. Geological Service said.

There were no immediate reports of storm-related deaths or serious injuries but more than 60 people, including many children and pets, had to be evacuated from a hotel in Jacksonville, North Carolina, after strong winds caused parts of the roof to collapse, local officials said.

National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear predicted Florence would drop up to eight months' worth of rain in two or three days.

More than 440,000 homes and businesses were without power in North and South Carolina early on Friday, utility officials said.

Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and that restoring it could take weeks.

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