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Hurricane Florence has arrived.

More than 12,000 were in shelters in North Carolina.

NHC Director Ken Graham said on Facebook the storm surges could push as far as 2 miles (3 km) inland.

"Cameras outside the International Space Station captured views of Hurricane Florence on September 14 at 7:41 a.m. EDT minutes after the storm made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina packing winds of 90 miles an hour", NASA said in a video description. He added that Hurricane Florence poses a challenge because it is expected to drift over hard-hit areas.

It was set to inundate nearly all of North Carolina in several feet of water, State Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference, while National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear predicted up to eight months of rain in two or three days.

Forecasters said that given the storm's size and sluggish track, it could cause epic damage akin to what the Houston area saw during Hurricane Harvey just over a year ago, with floodwaters swamping homes and businesses and washing over industrial waste sites and hog-manure ponds.

"Catastrophic freshwater flooding expected over portions of North and SC". Traffic lights out of order because of power failures swayed in the gusty wind.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse.

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Hurricane-force winds extended 130 kilometres from its centre, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 315 kilometres. Cooper also announced there are 2,800 National Guard troops in different staging areas of North Carolina.

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The enduring Tropical Storm Helene is picking up speed and accelerating northward at 23 miles per hour with sustained winds of 65 miles per hour.

"Currently ~150 awaiting rescue in New Bern", City Hall said on Twitter.

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

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

The wind howled and sheets of rain splattered against windows of a hotel before dawn in Wilmington, where Sandie Orsa of Wilmington sat in a lobby lit by emergency lights after the power failed.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm and more than one million were ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia. Fortunately for House, he says this storm should not be a devastating event for the beach town in terms of loss of life.

The hurricane center predicts as much as 101 centimeters of rain for some parts of North Carolina and storm surges as high as 4 meters - taller than many houses.

More than 370,000 people were without power in North Carolina early on Friday, state officials said.

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