Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
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President Trump plans to visit Florence-impacted areas next week

President Trump plans to visit Florence-impacted areas next week

Florence will crawl across SC overnight. Almost 900,000 homes and businesses were without power in the Carolinas early on Friday, utility officials said. "I didn't want to wait to see what happens because if something happens to me, nobody will know as there are not many Kenyans in Wilmington", he said.

"We are expecting several more days of rain", Governor Roy Cooper said.

After reaching a terrifying Category 4 peak of 140 mph (225 kph) earlier in the week, Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 Wrightsville Beach, a few miles (kilometers) east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line.

Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm later, its winds weakened to 60 mph (95 kph) as it moved forward at 5 mph (7 kph) about 15 miles (25 kilometers) west northwest of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Atlantic Beach, located on the state´s Outer Banks barrier islands, had received 30 inches (76 cm) of rain, the US Geological Survey said. "These are folks who made a decision to stay and ride out the storm for whatever reason, despite having a mandatory evacuation", city public information officer Colleen Roberts said. Florence was one of two major storms threatening millions of people on opposite sides of the world.

"Seeing them get out of the vehicle and seeing their emotions was heartbreaking", he said. Gradual weakening is expected overnight and significant weakening is expected this weekend into next week as the storm moves farther inland.

Florence is moving inland at 10 kilometers per hour (6 mph), giving it more time to churn, suck up water, batter the coast, and bring massive amounts of rain inland. The tropical storm has begun ravaging the coastline after being downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane.

A man wades through rising flood waters on the Cape Fear River during Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina on 14 September 2018.

Dunn, the mother of a 10-month-old, a 3-year-old and an 8-year-old, said she made a decision to stay behind while others fled.

"I'm a nurse, and I will be at work taking care of the patients like we're supposed to", she said.

In Belhaven, the Pungo River roared into town, crashing up against homes at a waist-high level and higher late Thursday and early Friday, video from Amy Johnson showed.

Ashley Warren and boyfriend Chris Smith managed to paddle away from their home in a boat with their two dogs and were left her shaken. But there were times she thought they wouldn't survive, she told CNN. "I couldn't even imagine", he said.

By Friday morning, the shore was flooded, and buildings were damaged, in video she put up on Facebook.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, city officials posted photos * a href="*F" target="_blank" rel="noopener" *of toppled gas pumps and a downed trees early Friday, warning residents to take shelter and avoid roadways.

The storm's movement, not its strength, has forecasters and officials anxious.

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