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Hurricane Florence was branded a once in a lifetime hurricane as it neared the East Coast of the US.

A state of emergency was declared in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia with over a million people estimated to have fled the storm.

The eye wall of Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall within hours on the coastline.

A statement from the NOAA reads: “The centre of the eye of Hurricane Florence was located by an Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft and NOAA Doppler radar near latitude 34.2 North, longitude 77.4 West.

“Florence is moving toward the west-northwest near 6 mph (9 km/h). A turn toward the west at a slow forward speed is expected today, followed by a slow west-southwestward motion tonight and Saturday.

“On the forecast track, the center of Florence is expected to move inland across extreme southeastern North Carolina and extreme eastern South Carolina today and Saturday.

“Florence will then move generally northward across the western Carolinas and the central Appalachian Mountains early next week.”

Storm chaser, Mike Theiss, claimed Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina would soon be hit by the eye of the hurricane.

He Tweeted: “We are getting nailed by #hurricane force winds and blinding rain at Wrightsville Beach.

“We should be penetrating the calm eye soon, current barometric pressure 964mb and falling.”

He later added: “Landfall !! We’re in !! The H.E.R.V. is currently located inside the calm eye of Hurricane #Florence with a barometric pressure of 959mb.”

The storm was reduced to a Category 1 Hurricane before it was set to crash into the US East Coast.

Close to 165,000 residents in North Carolina are currently without power as Hurricane Florence wind’s cause havoc.

The United States Geological Survey recorded flood water 10.01 feet deep in the town of New Bern in North Carolina.

AccuWeather expert commented on the storm, stating: “Strength, track and forward speed of Florence will be the major players in determining the scope and amount of rainfall and correspondingly the severity of inland flooding.

The NHC warned hurricane Florence will cause “catastrophic” flooding as the Carolinas are hit with 40 inches of rainfall.

The NHC warned: “Florence about to make landfall in North Carolina causing life-threatening storm surges and hurricane-force winds.

“Catastrophic freshwater flooding expected over portions of North and South Carolina.”



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