Port city hunkers down as Hurricane Florence whips through

Paul Anthony Menchaca.         Source Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

Paul Anthony Menchaca. Source Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

The mother and baby were among a family of three who were in a house in Wilmington, North Carolina, when it was struck by a falling tree.

A hilarious video which has gone viral on Twitter with over 10 million views shows a weatherman seemingly struggling to stand in high winds during Hurricane Florence - even as two men walk calmly behind him, apparently unaffected.

Five people, including an infant, were killed as Florence battered the North Carolina coast on Friday. The father was taken to hospital with unspecified injuries.

Roads and intersections on North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands were inundated.

The third death happened in Hampstead, Pender County when a woman had a medical emergency and EMS crews could not get to her due to the storm, according to Tom Collins, Director of Emergency Management.

Florence's center may linger for another whole day along coastal North and SC - punishing homes with crushing winds and floods and endangering those who've stayed behind. It will likely weaken more on Friday, with "rapid weakening forecast over the weekend", the hurricane center said. Hundreds have been rescued from their homes.

Despite pleas from state and local officials, some residents rejected calls to evacuate. "I wonder how it would have been with a Category 4 or 5?" said Mason Tarr, standing on the steps of the building where he sought shelter the night before.

"The water kept rising and kept rising", he said.

"We have solid data across decades of rainfall records to nail the attribution - climate change is increasing the frequency of extreme rainfall events", Cobb said.

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In New Bern, where a curfew was in place, city authorities said at least 150 people were awaiting rescue.

She succeeded - staying awake all night, retying broken dock lines in howling winds.

"The worst of the storm is over", Wright tells TIME. "North Carolinians are resilient and we're going to pull together and get this thing done".

"Honestly, I grew up in Wilmington".

Almost 900,000 homes and businesses were without power in the Carolinas early on Friday, utility officials said. Florence was one of two major storms threatening millions of people on opposite sides of the world.

Ominously, forecasters said the onslaught on the North Carolina-South Carolina coast would last for hours and hours because the hurricane had come nearly to a dead stop at just 3 mph (6 kph) as of midday.

While forecasters have been keeping a close eye on the storm from the ground, the International Space Station watched the slow-moving hurricane make landfall from above.

As it approaches OH it will become a post-tropical storm before swinging to the northeast on a path to Nova Scotia in the middle of next week.

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