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Trump declares administration ‘completely ready’ for Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence, the vast storm meteorologists and astronauts alike have been tracking, made landfall this morning (Sept. 14) near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

Forecasters said conditions would only get more lethal when the storm smashed ashore early on Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and crawled slowly inland.

The outer bands of Hurricane Florence have reached Wilmington, with weather officials saying the storm will bring unprecedented rain to the region.

Mr Cooper's office said the current emergency declaration was helping state officials prepare for the storm. "We will have catastrophic effects".

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse.

WXII-TV reported that 150 people were waiting to be rescued from rising waters in the city New Bern.

She said a hurricane has a way of bringing everyone to the same level. We have steps on the sides of the house so it's a few feet off the ground anyway.

"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", said Ballance, owner of a seafood restaurant that was flooded.

Authorities advised residents who had not evacuated to go to the highest point in their homes, call 911 for help, keep their cell batteries charged as best they can and wait for help to arrive. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says more than 16 inches of rain have fallen at locations in southeast North Carolina and another 20 to 25 inches is on the way.

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The center said the threat of freshwater flooding will increase over the next several days. "Florence may be weakening but will have a large storm surge".

Emergency officials warned residents that the peril had probably not passed, as the storm continued to dump torrential rain.

"Storm surge inundation near the coast, extreme winds, historic flooding rainfall, and prolonged life-threatening river flooding are expected".

The National Hurricane Center said a gauge north of Wilmington in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, reported 1.92 metres of inundation.

Tornadoes are also possible. It has also moved most ships, submarines, and planes from their base at Hampton Roads, Virginia to safety far at sea or in distant airbases.

Duke Energy, a local power company, estimated that up to three million customers could lose their supply as a result of Florence. Forecasters said this onslaught could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas.

The police chief of Wrightsville Beach suggested that those who chose to stay give him their next-of-kin contact information.

Ahead of the storm's arrival, shelters animals were moved out of the states in the affected area to protect them.

"Incredible job being done by FEMA, First Responders, Law Enforcement and all".

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