Hurricane Florence makes landfall in NC
Sep 14, 2018
The center of Hurricane Florence has smashed into North Carolina with three inches of rain falling every hour and 90mph winds sparking a 10-foot storm surge.
More than 60 people including children had to be pulled from a collapsing motel in Jacksonville at the height of the storm and many more who defied evacuation orders were waiting to be rescued.
Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, at 7.15am. At least 12,000 people sought refuge in shelters in the state and more than 415,000 homes and businesses were reported to be without power as the outer band of the storm approached.
Florence was once a very large hurricane with 145 mph winds, but by the time it hit land it was down to 90 mph as a category 1 hurricane. The storm surge and the rain will probably be the biggest problems as it turns southwest.