Hurricane Florence Hits Outer Banks Home on Stilts With Storm Surge

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption People have left homes and taken precautions ahead of the hurricane

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A turn to the west-northwest and west at an even slower forward speed is expected tonight and Friday, and a slow west-southwestward motion is forecast Friday night and Saturday.

The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Florence has finally made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina.

Winds and rain were arriving later in SC, and a few people were still walking on the sand at Myrtle Beach while North Carolina was getting pounded.

Florence is expected to start causing havoc over North and SC today. But the restaurant had locked its doors only to comply with a police order. All of the transferred patients will stay at Memorial until they are ready for discharge or until they can go back to the transferring hospital. "We're still going to have a Category 4 storm surge", CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.

"Hurricane Florence was uninvited but she's just about here anyway", he said at a news conference.

On Thursday evening, Florence was travelling at just 5mph. O'Shaughnessy, head of US Northern Command, said search and rescue would be a top priority, but weather may prevent rescuers from getting in during the hours immediately after the storm hits.

The outer bands of Hurricane Florence have begun to impact the coast of North Carolina.

A tornado watch was also in effect for parts of North Carolina.

Salvo, NC to North Carolina/Virginia Border: 2-4′.

Despite reassurances from FEMA and Trump, Florence's fluctuations and course-change predictions have added to the difficulties of preparing for such a massive storm. "Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks".

A sign next to the front door of Mayewood Middle School still hangs to say, "Our school is too cool to do drugs".

Crew members and boat owners help moor the Miss Janice, a shrimp boat, to the dock at Mitchell Seafood on Wheeler Creek in Sneads Ferry, N.C., on Thursday.

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.

A storm surge of 10 feet has been reported in North Carolina by the National Weather Service office in Morehead City.

"This time it's important".

His proposals preceded a storm that is expected to bring severe damage to the state's coast.

According to the NHC they "usually cause no significant structural damage to most well-constructed permanent structures".

Cooper also wanted to remind folks to not drive on roads covered by water, and to stay away from doors and windows during the worst of the storm. He estimated around 1 million people have evacuated.

Sam Tillett, a 32-year-old bartender, tells NPR's Sarah McCammon that his family has been here for six generations - and he plans to stay.

"We'll operate without power; we have candles". "Tons of food, ice". "Inland flooding kills a lot of people, unfortunately, and that's what we're about to see", he said.

When a college football game was canceled due to Hurricane Florence, one of the team's decided to make the best out of the situation.

Weather Underground meteorology director Jeff Masters said Florence eventually could strike as a Category 1 with winds less than 100 miles per hour (160 kph), but that's still enough to cause at least $1 billion in damage.