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As of 1 p.m. ET, the storm's sustained winds dropped to 75 miles per hour as it wobbled west-southwestward near the coast, delaying its expected move inland, the National Hurricane Center said.
"I couldn't even imagine", he said.
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.
Florence peaked at a terrifying Category 4 with top winds of 140 mph over warm ocean water before making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line.
The National Hurricane Center said the storm would dump as much as 30 to 40 inches (76-102 cm) of rain on the southeastern coast of North Carolina and part of northeastern SC, as well as up to 10 inches (25 cm) in southwestern Virginia.
The National Weather Center predicts another 20 to 25 inches of rain for the areas surrounding the Carolinas' border, with 30 to 40 inches in some places. Twenty inches (50 cm) were reported by early Friday afternoon in the town of Oriental. CORRECTING TYPO IN CITY NAME People are rescued by members of the U.S. Army during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern, North Carolina, U.S. September 14, 2018. "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 hurricane center said the storm will eventually break up over the southern Appalachians and make a right hook to the northeast, its rainy remnants moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England by the middle of next week. "These are folks who are maybe in one-story buildings and they're seeing the floodwaters rise". NY emergency workers reported rescuing elderly residents at a New River retirement community. Her 6-foot-2 husband went to see what he could do, but the water was above his chest, she said. The streets were mostly deserted and some were blocked by fallen trees.
"It's insane", he said in a phone interview. But there were times she thought they wouldn't survive, she told CNN.
As 400-mile-wide (645-kilometer-wide) Florence pounded away at the coast with torrential downpours and surging seas, rescue crews used boats to reach more than 360 people besieged by rising waters in New Bern, North Carolina, while many of their neighbors awaited help. Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and restoration could take weeks. The storm was expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said. Significant weakening is expected over the weekend. Duke Energy expects between 1 million to 3 million homes and businesses to lose power.
A friend later tweeted that the woman and her family had been rescued.
"It looks like a battlefield out here", he said. However, there remains a large amount of uncertainty in the ultimate track of what will become post-tropical-storm Florence.
Meanwhile, Super Typhoon Mangkhut has hit the northern tip of the Philippines, with maximum gusts of 177mph.