Hurricane Florence causes weatherman to evacuate during live TV coverage

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Prior to Hurricane Florence's landfall, more than 1.7 million were ordered to evacuate the coast.

Hurricane Florence has begun battering it's way through the North Carolina coastline with heavy rain and high winds in what people fear could lead to the deaths of "a lot of people".

The bulk of the three media briefings held by police chief Dan House surrounded how they were still anticipating the serious and catastrophic storm surge as well as hurricane force winds.

In a new demonstration of the network's CGI capabilities, hosts have presented from the centre of a digital storm surge to demonstrate the hurricane's damaging potential.

At 7 a.m., the center of the eye was located about 5 miles (10 kilometers) east of Wilmington, moving west at 6 mph.

Hundreds of thousands of people in the Carolinas and Virginia have been forced to evacuate as Hurricane Florence battered the eastern coast of the U.S., including more than 3,000 prisoners who have been relocated from jails in the path of Florence. Its forward movement was 6 miles per hour (9 kph). Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm and further downgraded to a tropic storm on Friday evening.

"Flash flooding will be extreme and flood waters will come up quickly and seemingly out of nowhere", the governor said.

Hurricane Florence's strong wind tore apart this gas pump in Wilimington, North Carolina.

The group, which included an infant, children and pets, have been taken to the Jacksonville Center for Public Safety after portions of the roof collapsed.

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President Donald Trump has said protecting lives is his "absolute highest priority" and that the White House is standing by to offer affected states whatever help they request.

None of the people rescued were injured.

Scenes of flooded streets, homes and businesses, power outages and pelting rains are emerging from the Carolinas as Hurricane Florence makes landfall in North Carolina.

More than 12,000 people were in shelters in North Carolina and 400 in Virginia, where the forecast was less dire.

On the morning of September 14, the National Hurricane Centre warned that "catastrophic" flooding and "life-threatening" storm surges were expected to spread inland.

Winds bent trees towards the ground and raindrops flew sideways as Florence moved in for an extended stay, with enough of its killer winds swirling overseas to maintain its power.

The National Hurricane Center said a gauge north of Wilmington in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, reported 1.92 metres of inundation.

In New Bern, where a curfew was in place, city authorities said hundreds of people had been rescued from homes inundated with water.

The city said two FEMA teams were working on swift-water rescues and more were on the way. "Surviving this storm with be a test of endurance, teamwork, common sense and patience".

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