In the United States of America there were the first victims of the hurricane "Florence"

In the United States of America there were the first victims of the hurricane

The centre of the hurricane's eye came ashore at about 7:15am (local time) near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina, with sustained winds of 150kph, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said.

The storm is forecast to creep along the coast, dumping lots of water and lashing the area with winds.

North Carolina Army National Guard soldiers were sent to a home along the 100 block of El Nora Lane in Otway, North Carolina, on Friday in reference to two deaths there.

"I know North Carolinians". Only one North Carolina is expected to more than 1 meter of rain. A nuclear power plant in Brunswick, NC, has shut operations.

According to poweroutage.us, more than 500,000 customers in North Carolina and 50,000 in SC were without power on Friday morning, though the Weather Channel estimates up to 3 million customers could lose power in the Carolinas due to Florence. The Sheriff's Office said those deaths are not hurricane-related. It started pushing its way westward across SC later in the day, in a watery siege that could go on all weekend.

"Our hearts go out to the families of those who died in this storm", Gov. Roy Cooper said in a press release.

Sheets of rain splattered against windows of a hotel before daybreak in Wilmington, where Sandie Orsa of Wilmington sat in a lobby lit by emergency lights after the electricity went out. We are on the bad side of this storm.

About 1.7 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders and millions of others live in areas likely to be affected by the storm. "You're going to have flooding miles and miles inland", the center's director, Ken Graham, said.

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The remainder of SC and North Carolina into southwest Virginia could see 5 to 10 inches, with some isolated areas seeing 15 inches.

About 800 flights in the region were canceled ahead of the storm, CNN reported.

As 400-mile-wide Florence pounded away at the coast with torrential downpours and surging seas, rescue crews used boats to reach scores of people besieged by rising waters along a river.

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland declared states of emergency.

U.S. President Donald Trump took a moment on Friday to thank those responding to emergencies across the Carolinas.

"Plant procedures call for the reactors to be shut down before the anticipated onset of hurricane-force winds", agency spokesman Joey Ledford told CNN.

The storm surge has already put some communities underwater. The record was set by Hurricane Helene in 1958 with 135 miles per hour. It's moving north-northeast at 18 miles per hour. "When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths", Trump claimed in a tweet Thursday.

Another weather disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico moved inland Friday, making landfall in south Texas, bringing heavy rainfall and gusty winds to the region.

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