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Florence washing ashore.
"POWERFUL, SLOW, AND RELENTLESS”

Photos: Hurricane Florence makes landfall

By Johnny Simon

Hurricane Florence, currently a Category 1 storm, officially made landfall along the North Carolina coast earlier this morning (Sept. 14). Moving slowly at around 6 miles per hour, while packing fierce winds of around 90 mph, it has already dropped more than a foot of rain in some areas, the AP reports. Two people were killed in North Carolina after a tree fell on their home in Wilmington.

Residents in vulnerable areas have been encouraged to evacuate. So far, about 12,000 people have opted to seek refuge in public shelters around the state. North Carolina governor Roy Cooper described the storm as an “uninvited brute who doesn’t want to leave.”

Photos from yesterday and today show floodwaters creeping into communities. While some North and South Carolinians are taking shelter, some are sticking it out in defiance of emergency warnings and dire forecasts.

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High winds and storm surge from Hurricane Florence hits Swansboro North Carolina on Sept. 14.
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Electric poles that snapped in half sway from their wires as Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Wilmington.
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A woman reacts upon learning a giant tree toppled onto her family members’ house, killing two people and injuring a third when Hurricane Florence came ashore in Wilmington, North Carolina on Sept. 14.
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A fallen tree lies atop the crushed roof of a fast food restaurant in Wilmington.
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The awning of a Shell gas station was torn off on Sept. 14 in Wilmington.
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Matt Stone of Surfside Beach checks out the winds on the beach during Hurricane Florence in Surfside Beach, South Carolina, on Sept. 14.
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A tree uprooted by strong winds lies across a street in Wilmington.
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Wind and water from Hurricane Florence damages the highway leading off Harkers Island North Carolina.
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People survey the damage caused by Hurricane Florence on Front Street in downtown New Bern, North Carolina.
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EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo
Jeff Egyp marches along the Cape Fear River as Hurricane Florence hits Wilmington, North Carolina on Sept. 13.
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Lane Pittman of Jacksonville, Florida, stands in the wind and rain along Ocean Boulevard during Hurricane Florence in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
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The view from a parking deck during Hurricane Florence in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
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A man walks across Ocean Boulevard during Hurricane Florence in Myrtle Beach.
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Water from Neuse River starts flooding houses in New Bern, North Carolina on Sept. 13.
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Waves from Hurricane Florence pound the Bogue Inlet Pier in Emerald Isle North Carolina on Sept. 13.
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Docks broken by water from the Neuse River.
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Jason Cole via Reuters
Waves are seen coming ashore in Avon, North Carolina on Sept. 13.
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Waves are seen coming ashore in Avon, North Carolina on Sept. 13.
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Reuters/Eduardo Munoz
Water from the Neuse River floods houses.
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Water from the Neuse River floods houses.
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People are seen inside a shelter run by Red Cross before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Grantsboro, North Carolina, on Sept. 13.
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People are seen inside a shelter run by Red Cross before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Grantsboro, North Carolina, on Sept. 13.
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People and pets evacuate ahead of the forecasted landfall of Hurricane Florence and seek shelter at Burgaw Middle School in Burgaw, North Carolina on Sept. 12.