Hurricane Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks, as the hulking storm closed in with 100 miles per hour (160 kph) winds for a drenching siege that could last all weekend.
An officer inspecting the Triangle Motor Inn found a "basketball-sized hole" in a corner room and firefighters said the building had suffered life-threatening structural damage. It was expected to slowly move southwest into SC before turning north, forecasters said.
The outer bands of wind and rain caused by the storm were already lashing North Carolina on Thursday morning.
The NHC notes that amount of rainfall would "produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding". Their predictions call for moderate flooding at 43 rivers in North Carolina and SC within the next 12 hours.
With a storm surge warning in effect, the authorities urge people to prepare themselves for the disaster.
About 800 flights in the region have been canceled ahead of the storm, CNN reported.
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Southgate, meanwhile, said of the row between the players at half-time: 'We expect that, we encourage it. But it was quite calm by the time we got in there. "There was plenty of room for improvement".
Florence could threaten the largest rainfall event in USA history, Hurricane Harvey, the 2017 whirlwind that settled over Texas and dropped more than 60 inches of rain, turning roadways into rivers, destroying homes and buildings and killing almost 90 people. Florence's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Thursday at 105 miles per hour (165 kph).
States up and down the East Coast have a great potential for severe weather.
More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate over the past few days, and the homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions. Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. As the storm moves inland it will find a relatively flat area for hundreds of miles.
The worst may come as the gargantuan storm swirls past the shore and dumps days of rain on mountainous interiors, potentially creating disastrous mudslides. However, the surge is expected to be accompanied by large and destructive waves, regardless of when the storm arrives.
Forecasters expect Florence to hit the Carolinas early in the morning on September 14.
Horton pleaded for volunteers to take in their animals for the duration of the storm, a common, plaintive refrain at other shelters across the area. Tropical Storm Olivia made a double landfall in Hawaii Wednesday morning, first in west Maui then Lanai, KHNL reports. "We have Hurricane Florence just sort of hovering over the area right now and we expect expect it to continue doing that for some time". For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov.