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15 September 2018, 10:24 | Ross Houston
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A mother and infant were killed when a tree fell on their house.
Cellphone carriers are waiving overage fees for customers impacted by Hurricane Florence, according to a statement from Sprint and Verizon.
The monster storm felled trees all around Wilmington, causing many more close calls and damaging homes and cars.
"We've got roads that are open, I think they're passable, but in places they have roofs off of barns and we've got canopies in Atkinson and Burgaw that are in the road", Collins said, "and it's going to take something big to move them".
"There is still time to leave", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told "CBS This Morning" on Thursday.
Dare County Emergency Management tweeted out a video shortly after 8 am Thursday, showing the ocean churning white with surge and large waves at Jennettes' Pier near Nags Head. Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometers).
Ken Graham, the NHC's director, warned the slow pace of the storm exacerbated its danger even to areas outside its immediate path.
The center said the water level could hit from 7 to 10 feet from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, North Carolina, and from 6 to 9 feet from Cape Lookout to Ocracoke Inlet.
Florence's hurricane force winds now extends 80 miles from the center, while the tropical storm force winds reaches almost 200 miles, according to the National Hurricane Center. "People don't need to come back and make things more crowded and more hard to ensure safety".
Florence is slowly weakening as it hugs the coast of southeastern North Carolina.
The NHC described Florence as a "slow mover" and said it had the potential to dump historic amounts of rainfall on North and SC, as much as 40 inches (one meter) in some places.
Significant flooding was being reported Friday along the Neuse, Pamlico and Pungo rivers in coastal North Carolina due to storm surge.
"In this situation, we've had a lot of people that have evacuated their homes and businesses ... and we have already seen that through the night", he said.
Cooper said the hurricane was "wreaking havoc" on the coast and could wipe out entire communities as it makes its "violent grind across our state for days".
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, D, said the state was facing "an extremely risky situation, and it's getting worse" as the hurricane continued its assault.
While winds are slowly waning, peak gusts earlier Friday topped 80 miles per hour in numerous locations, with a pair of 105 miles per hour gusts in Wilmington and Fort Macon, near Atlantic Beach.
In the days other news, Puerto Rico had new power outages today, as remnants of another tropical storm passed south of the USA territory.
Weather Underground meteorology director Jeff Masters said Florence eventually could strike as a Category 1 with winds less than 100 miles per hour, but that's still enough to cause at least $1 billion in damage.
Airlines canceled about 1,200 flights and counting, and some airports in the Carolinas virtually shut down.
The NHC said Florence went ashore near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, at 7:15 a.m. EDT with estimated maximum winds of 90 miles per hour. Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia Gov. Nathan Dealdeclared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations. Local media said she had suffered a heart attack.
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