North Carolina faces Hurricane Florence the only way we know how…with memes

Hurricane Florence Reduces Its Intensity But Not Its Destructive Power

Hurricane Florence Reduces Its Intensity But Not Its Destructive Power

Hurricane Florence has arrived in North Carolina, bringing massive floods and damage caused by heavy rain and an enormous storm surge. The family is hoping for the best, given the potential threats the hurricane poses to lives and properties. The town's public information officer, Colleen Roberts, told CNN 150 more people were awaiting rescue.

"You can't get over till we have power and we have sewer up and running", said the retired teacher and real estate agent, who rode out the hurricane in an inland hotel.

Corps staff worked with Army officials to review dams at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Jackson in SC to "ensure any effects of Florence on those dams are mitigated", said Ray Alexander, the Corps' inter-agency services chief.

"And when the tide comes back up around noon, we will be inundated with additional storm surge", she said.

The hurricane was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as sluggish and unprepared for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico previous year. Numerous calls are from residents who are trapped in their homes, some of whom reported floodwater rising up to the second floor.

There were no immediate reports of storm-related deaths or serious injuries.

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Many people in coastal communities have followed the mandatory evacuation orders, but some are vowing to stay put and ride it out. Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it's unclear how many did.

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More than 60 people had to be pulled from a collapsing motel at the height of the storm, and many more who defied evacuation orders held out hope of being rescued. Six sheriff's officers came to his house to rescue him Friday morning, but he didn't need to leave since the water was dropping by then.

According to radar images as of 7 a.m., the storm's eye was drawing near the New Hanover-Pender County line.

Officials have warned that the life-threatening storm could come with maximum sustained wind speeds of 90mph and carries a risk of "catastrophic" flooding.

In Pender County, North Carolina, a woman suffered a heart attack and died because hurricane debris blocking roads prevented paramedics from reaching her.

Still, he said: "I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth".

Four shelters were now open, Roberts said, adding that dispatchers received a call for 17 people stranded all on one street.

More than 1.7 million people in Virginia, North and SC were told to evacuate ahead of Florence's arrival.

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