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Hurricane Florence pounds Carolinas; over 10m effected

Sep 14, 2018, 6:04 AM EDT
U.S. soldiers and Red Cross workers prepare to transport supplies to shelters for people evacuating from Hurricane Florence.
(Source: SC National Guard/flickr)

Deluged Carolinas brace for “life-threatening” rains and flooding as Hurricane Florence begins to pound the U.S. East Coast, with tens of thousands of homes already cut from power supply, coastal streets swamped, and evacuation warnings in place for nearly a million people.

North Carolina, where the next two to three days could see eight months' worth of rain, faces a test of "endurance, teamwork, common sense, and patience," as inland flooding threatens a lot of lives, reports the BBC.

Florence, downgraded to Category 1 hurricane on Thursday, is likely to impact 10 million people and the restoration of the battered utility facilities might go on for weeks, notes Reuters. Heavy rains as the hurricane makes landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina, on Friday, could set off landslides in the west of the state.