Florence on a "violent grind" across NC: governor

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Published on September 14, 2018 - Duration: 01:19s

Florence on a "violent grind" across NC: governor

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper says Hurricane Florence is a "powerful, slow and relentless" storm that could unleash a "thousand year rain event" in parts of the state.

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Florence on a "violent grind" across NC: governor

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper says Hurricane Florence is a "powerful, slow and relentless" storm that could unleash a "thousand year rain event" in parts of the state.

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 dayslong deluge.

No storm-related deaths or serious injuries were reported in the hours immediately after Florence hit but authorities said 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.

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.

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.

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