Loudoun County Activates Emergency Operations Center as Hurricane Florence Moves Inland

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Hurricane Florence claimed the lives of four people after reaching the southeast US coast on Friday, and has left hundreds of thousands without power as it lingers over the Carolinas.

"Currently ~150 awaiting rescue in New Bern", City Hall said on Twitter.

Police say the father was taken to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

North Carolina Emergency Management advised residents Friday morning that "If your power goes out, do NOT operate gas powered generators or charcoal grills in or near your home".

In local police reported that in Wilmington in the fall of a tree on a house, killing the mother and baby.

Forecasters said catastrophic freshwater flooding is expected well inland over the next few days as Florence crawls westward across the Carolinas all weekend.

Hurricane Florence officially made landfall this morning at 7:15 am ET in Wrightsville Beach, NC.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said Florence was set to cover nearly all of the state in several feet of water.

Florence is expected to slowly move west-southwest through early Saturday. "It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave".

A North Carolina TV station had to evacuate its newsroom in the middle of Hurricane Florence coverage as floodwaters surrounded the building.

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As of 1 p.m. EDT, Florence is weakening as it moves farther inland over southeastern North Carolina.

This is according to data as of 5 a.m. EST from tweets North and SC emergency management agencies.

Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 kilometers) from its center.

"I built this house myself, so I'm not anxious at all, I know it's solid", he said.

In the town of New Bern, 30,000 residents stayed behind in spite of mandatory evacuation orders.

More than 12,000 people were in shelters in North Carolina and 400 in Virginia, where the forecast was less dire.

Heavy rain is persisting over eastern North Carolina. The system was downgraded to a tropical storm on Friday afternoon but remained a slow-moving destructive storm.

In New Bern, where rescuers removed more than 100 people from rising waters, Sarah Risty-Davis is one of the residents who made a decision to ignore a mandatory evacuation order issued three days ago.

In Morehead City, Brooke Kittrell rode out the storm Thursday and Friday with her boyfriend aboard their docked boat, hoping it didn't break loose and slam something.

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