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Sep 14, 2018 02:19 PM IST | Economy

Hurricane Florence deluges Carolinas ahead of landfall

Rain, wind and rising floodwaters from Hurricane Florence swamped the Carolinas early on Friday as the massive storm crawled toward the coast, threatening millions of people with record rainfall and punishing surf.

It was set to inundate almost all of North Carolina in several feet of water, State Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference, while National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear predicted up to eight months of rain in two or three days.

Florence was expected to make landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina, at midday, and forecasters said its size meant it could batter the US East Coast with hurricane-force winds for nearly a full day.

With the brunt of the storm yet to come, a gauge on the Neuse River in New Bern, a city near the coast, was already recording 10 feet (3 meters) of inundation, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

The downtown area of the city of 30,000 people was underwater and around 150 people were waiting to be rescued, city authorities said on Twitter.

At least 188,000 people were without power in North Carolina and South Carolina early on Friday. Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and restoration could take weeks.

Image Source: Reuters/Associated Press (AP)

This enhanced satellite image made available by NOAA shows Hurricane Florence off the eastern coast of the United States on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 at 5:52 p.m. EDT. (NOAA via AP)
This enhanced satellite image made available by NOAA shows Hurricane Florence off the eastern coast of the United States on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 at 5:52 p.m. EDT. (NOAA via AP)
In this photo provided by NASA, Hurricane Florence churns over the Atlantic Ocean heading for the US east coast as seen from the International Space Station. Astronaut Alexander Gerst, who shot the photo, tweeted:
In this photo provided by NASA, Hurricane Florence churns over the Atlantic Ocean heading for the US east coast as seen from the International Space Station. Astronaut Alexander Gerst, who shot the photo, tweeted: "Ever stared down the gaping eye of a category 4 hurricane? It's chilling, even from space." (Alexander Gerst/ESA/NASA via AP)
Fishermen launch a boat as they attempt to recover their haul-seine fishing net, as Hurricane Florence moves towards the eastern shore. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Virginia Beach, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Fishermen launch a boat as they attempt to recover their haul-seine fishing net, as Hurricane Florence moves towards the eastern shore. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Virginia Beach, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Heavy surf crashes the dunes at high tide in Nags Head, N.C. as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Heavy surf crashes the dunes at high tide in Nags Head, N.C. as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Waves slam the Oceana Pier & Pier House Restaurant in Atlantic Beach, N.C. as Hurricane Florence approaches the area. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP)
Waves slam the Oceana Pier & Pier House Restaurant in Atlantic Beach, N.C. as Hurricane Florence approaches the area. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP)
An onlooker checks out the heavy surf at the Avalon Fishing Pier in Kill Devil Hills, N.C. as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
An onlooker checks out the heavy surf at the Avalon Fishing Pier in Kill Devil Hills, N.C. as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
Waves are seen coming ashore in Avon, North Carolina, US, in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Jason Cole photography in Avon, NC/via REUTERS
Waves are seen coming ashore in Avon, North Carolina, US, in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Jason Cole photography in Avon, NC/via REUTERS
Water from Neuse River floods houses as Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, US. September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Water from Neuse River floods houses as Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, US. September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
The Union Point Park Complex is seen flooded as the Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, US. September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
The Union Point Park Complex is seen flooded as the Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, US. September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Docks broken by water from Neuse River are seen floating as Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, US. September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Docks broken by water from Neuse River are seen floating as Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, US. September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
People walk on a local street as water from Neuse River starts flooding houses upon Hurricane Florence coming ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, US. September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
People walk on a local street as water from Neuse River starts flooding houses upon Hurricane Florence coming ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, US. September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
A man drives his car around the flooded Union Point Park Complex as the Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, US. September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
A man drives his car around the flooded Union Point Park Complex as the Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, US. September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
A member of the US Army walks through floodwaters near the Union Point Park Complex as Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, US. September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
A member of the US Army walks through floodwaters near the Union Point Park Complex as Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, US. September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Water from Neuse River floods houses as Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, US. September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Water from Neuse River floods houses as Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, US. September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Water from Neuse River starts flooding houses as the Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, US. September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Water from Neuse River starts flooding houses as the Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, US. September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Waves crash under the Avalon Fishing Pier in Kill Devil Hills, N.C. as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Waves crash under the Avalon Fishing Pier in Kill Devil Hills, N.C. as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Union Point Park is flooded with rising water from the Neuse and Trent Rivers in New Bern, N.C. Hurricane Florence already has inundated coastal streets with ocean water and left tens of thousands without power, and more is to come. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (Gray Whitley/Sun Journal via AP)
Union Point Park is flooded with rising water from the Neuse and Trent Rivers in New Bern, N.C. Hurricane Florence already has inundated coastal streets with ocean water and left tens of thousands without power, and more is to come. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (Gray Whitley/Sun Journal via AP)
Residents at Trent Court Apartments wait out the weather as rising water gets closer to their doors in New Bern, N.C. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (Gray Whitley/Sun Journal via AP)
Residents at Trent Court Apartments wait out the weather as rising water gets closer to their doors in New Bern, N.C. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (Gray Whitley/Sun Journal via AP)
With most people off work and it looking like the Charleston, S.C., area will be spared from destructive winds many people biked to Dunleavy's Pub, one of the few open restaurants, on Sullivan's Island, S.C., as Hurricane Florence spins out in the Atlantic ocean Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
With most people off work and it looking like the Charleston, S.C., area will be spared from destructive winds many people biked to Dunleavy's Pub, one of the few open restaurants, on Sullivan's Island, S.C., as Hurricane Florence spins out in the Atlantic ocean Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Michael and Polly Long walk down East Bay St. past a sign asking for Hurricane Florence to spare the Lowcountry in Charleston, S.C., as Hurricane Florence spins out in the Atlantic ocean Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Michael and Polly Long walk down East Bay St. past a sign asking for Hurricane Florence to spare the Lowcountry in Charleston, S.C., as Hurricane Florence spins out in the Atlantic ocean Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Filling sandbags with sand provided by the City of Tybee Island, Sib McLellan, left, and his wife, Lisa McLellan, prepare for Hurricane Florence, Wednesday, Sept., 12, 2018 on Tybee Island, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
Filling sandbags with sand provided by the City of Tybee Island, Sib McLellan, left, and his wife, Lisa McLellan, prepare for Hurricane Florence, Wednesday, Sept., 12, 2018 on Tybee Island, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
Vickie Grate, left, waits in a shelter with her son Chris, center, and his girlfriend Sarah, who only gave their first names, for Hurricane Florence to pass after evacuating from their nearby homes, in Conway, S.C., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Vickie Grate, left, waits in a shelter with her son Chris, center, and his girlfriend Sarah, who only gave their first names, for Hurricane Florence to pass after evacuating from their nearby homes, in Conway, S.C., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Pedestrians pass a sign at the Harbour View Inn asking for Hurricane Florence to spare the Lowcountry in Charleston, S.C., as Hurricane Florence spins out in the Atlantic ocean Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Pedestrians pass a sign at the Harbour View Inn asking for Hurricane Florence to spare the Lowcountry in Charleston, S.C., as Hurricane Florence spins out in the Atlantic ocean Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Police patrol past boarded up shops along the boardwalk in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Police patrol past boarded up shops along the boardwalk in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A bike rider makes her way down East Bay St. past a sign asking for Hurricane Florence to spare the Lowcountry in Charleston, S.C., as Hurricane Florence spins out in the Atlantic ocean Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
A bike rider makes her way down East Bay St. past a sign asking for Hurricane Florence to spare the Lowcountry in Charleston, S.C., as Hurricane Florence spins out in the Atlantic ocean Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Police patrol past boarded up shops along the boardwalk in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
Police patrol past boarded up shops along the boardwalk in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
Tree leaves and branches are seen on the street as Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, US. September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Tree leaves and branches are seen on the street as Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, US. September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
New Hanover Sheriff's Corp. N. Brothers wraps a gas pump for protection in Wilmington, N.C., as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
New Hanover Sheriff's Corp. N. Brothers wraps a gas pump for protection in Wilmington, N.C., as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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