Hurricane Florence: Woman, baby die after tree falls on house

Hundreds of people are awaiting rescue from their homes because of flooding on the Neuse River

Hundreds of people are awaiting rescue from their homes because of flooding on the Neuse River

Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, N.C., at 7:15 a.m. ET, creeping slowly ashore - but bringing strong winds, a massive storm surge and a rain system that will soak much of the state and SC for days.

So far, it's estimate more than 1.7 million Americans have heeded the warnings about Hurricane Florence.

A new 5-minute video from the space station shows Florence coming ashore in the US for the first time.

Tropical Storm Florence keeps drenching the central Carolinas and is expected to generate up to 380 millimetres of rain before it swings north over the Appalachian Mountains and into the Ohio Valley on Monday.

The monster Category 2 storm closed in with 105mph winds as forecasters warned that the widening storm - and its likelihood of lingering around the coast for days - would bring life-threatening storm surge and torrential rains.

NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold also captured Florence making landfall from his spot on the orbiting outpost. For those wishing to track Florence's devastation from miles away, PBS NewsHour has compiled this guide of sources that we will be closely monitoring as the storm progresses.

Hurricane Florence made landfall on Friday morning near Wrightsville Beach, N.C., according to the National Hurricane Center.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence is moving west at 2 mph (3.2 kph), with its center located about 35 miles (56 kilometers) west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

There's no doubt that Hurricane Florence is causing some real problems in America right now as it rips through North and SC and Virginia, but a clip has gone viral that appears to show a weather reporter hamming it up a bit.

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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.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted during the height of the storm.

Preparing for the worst, about 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians were deployed with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats. "Into next week our rivers are going to continue to rise and there will be more significant flooding", Cooper said.

Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com calculated that Florence could dump a staggering 18 trillion gallons (68 trillion liters) of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland. Shortly afterward, the National Weather Service reported wind gusts to 105 miles per hour at Wilmington International Airport, the highest wind gust measured in Wilmington since Hurricane Helene hit the port city in 1958.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", New Bern city officials said on Twitter.

"We hope to have something left when we get home", she said. States of emergency have already been declared in both North and SC.

Hundreds of people in North Carolina have been rescued from rising water.

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

Rescue crews in Onslow County helped evacuate 70 people from a Jacksonville hotel early Friday after the roof collapsed and rain rushed in.

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