Wrightsville Beach 12 brace for Florence to fully make landfall

Waves crash around Oceana Pier in North Carolina as the outer edges of Hurricane Florence began to affect the coast on Thursday

Waves crash around Oceana Pier in North Carolina as the outer edges of Hurricane Florence began to affect the coast on Thursday

At least 188,000 people were without power in North Carolina and SC early on Friday.

Standing in front of a green screen, Navarro can be seen demonstrating the ultimate power of rising water levels.

On Thursday evening, the Neuse River burst its banks which caused rapid flooding in New Bern, North Carolina, forcing residents to flee as the entire city lost power.

Emergency Management services in North Carolina are reporting that 497,255 customers are without power in North Carolina as Hurricane Florence makes landfall.

Isaac, which had built to tropical storm status when its winds topped 39 mph on Saturday, has weakened to a depression over the eastern Caribbean sea with winds of 35 mph and is moving west at 15 mph, lashing the Lesser Antilles with rain squalls as of the 5 a.m. advisory.

Experts are warning people that the most serious threat posed by Florence might just be the massive amount of water it is expected to leave in its wake, from the storm surge that could exceed 13 feet in some areas to a deluge of rainfall that may hit 40 inches in certain pockets.

Forecasters warned that drenching rains of anywhere from 1 to 3½ feet as the storm crawls westward across North and SC could trigger epic flooding well inland over the next few days.

In April, The State newspaper in Columbia reported that an Army investigation had faulted Fort Jackson officials' handling of a 2015 storm that caused an 80-year-old earthen dam to crumble and release 100 million gallons of water. "Catastrophic effects will be felt".

As of 1 p.m. ET, more than a foot of rain had fallen in many towns in southeastern North Carolina.

With many employees at risk, Novartis said it has temporarily stopped pharmaceutical production at their Wilson, North Carolina site. "Little rough but we're all out", a tweet said.

It is expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said.

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

Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and that restoring it could take weeks. Officials say anyone who has not heeded mandatory evacuation orders is on his or her own.

Volunteers from the Civilian Crisis Response Team help rescue three children from their flooded home September 14, 2018 in James City, United States.

"Against my better judgment, due to emotionalism, I evacuated", said Fisher, 74. "I learned from the past to keep the ice in the washing machine". A spokesperson for the ABC affiliate said that roads around the building were flooding.

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