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Hurricane Florence: Life-Threatening Storm Lands In N/Carolina

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Hurricane Florence has made landfall on the US East Coast, bringing with it winds, heavy rains and warnings of “catastrophic” floods.

The centre of the storm struck Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina, with gales of up to 90mph (150 km/h).

Its outer bands have already inundated coastal areas. Scores of people are currently waiting to be rescued in the city of New Bern.

Evacuation warnings are in place for more than a million people.

Nearly half a million power outages have been reported across North Carolina, according to the state’s emergency management agency.

The governor of North Carolina said surviving the storm would be a test of “endurance, teamwork, common sense, and patience”.

National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear said North Carolina is likely to see eight months’ worth of rain in two to three days.

Thousands of miles away meanwhile a huge typhoon is moving towards the Philippines. More than five million people are in the path of Super Typhoon Mangkhut, officials say.

Conditions deteriorated throughout Thursday as the storm crawled along at 6mph (9.5km/ h). Some areas of North Carolina saw almost a foot of rain just a few hours, and footage showed sea levels begin to surge in land.

At 23:00 local time (03:00 GMT) the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said wind speeds had slightly lowered, making it a category one hurricane.



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