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Jacob Harrelson and his wife Beth Harrelson install protective plywood on a local business in anticipation of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington N.C. on Wednesday

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"We anticipate Hurricane Florence to be a historic storm that will impact all customers", a company spokesperson told Reuters.

A new 5-minute video from the space station shows Florence coming ashore in the US for the first time. Meanwhile, Florence crept across the border into SC overnight, with tropical storm force winds still extending 175 miles from the center.

Forecasters said Florence's surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 3.4 metres of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than 0.9 metres of rain, touching off severe flooding.

NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold also captured Florence making landfall from his spot on the orbiting outpost.

Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 kilometers) from its center.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence will eventually make a right hook to the northeast over the southern Appalachians, moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England as a tropical depression by the middle of next week.

After that, Florence is forecast to move northwest and north and move across western SC on Sunday, Sept. 15, and across western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee on Monday, Sept. 16, the NHC said. They had heeded officials' warnings that the storm was treacherous, with record-setting rains and storm surges not seen in North Carolina in decades.

According to a study in June, hurricanes and typhoons, on average, appear to be slowing down in part because of human-caused climate change.

About 300 people, most evacuees from the coast, were at the shelter Friday.

Most of those cancellations are tied to the approaching hurricane, now a Category 2 storm with winds expected onshore late Thursday at more than 80 miles per hour.

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At least 150 people were waiting to be rescued in New Bern, N.C., officials tweeted Thursday evening. "I'm not sure if it's a shift in the wind or low tide - but the water has miraculously disappeared".

"This is going to be a very trying period for the state", he said."We're liable to have flash floods, bridges and roads washed out".

Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com said Florence could dump a staggering 18 trillion gallons of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland.

As of 5 a.m., Florence was 25 miles (55 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina.

She tried to row out of her neighborhood Thursday night with a boat that was in her yard after her home began to flood, but had to retreat because of the poor conditions.

WXII-TV reports the city of New Bern said Friday that two out-of-state FEMA teams were working on swift-water rescues and more teams were on the way.

Over 60 people had to be pulled out of a collapsing motel in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and hundreds were saved as water levels rose.

"We're helping out a lot of people today", says Craven County Emergency Services spokesperson Amber Parker. Almost 900,000 homes and businesses were without power in the Carolinas early on Friday, utility officials said.

Holt, who has diabetes and clogged arteries, said she stayed for doctor's appointments that were canceled at the last minute.

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