Hurricane Florence makes landfall

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
September 14, 2018 - 6:43 am

The National Hurricane Center issued a statement at 7:35am Eastern Time that Hurricane Florence had made landfall.

Winds around the eye were measured in gusts at more than 110 miles per hour.

"Buoy 41064... about 50 miles east of the center of Florence's eye, recently reported a wind gust to 112 mph," an advisory said.

The center of the eye was coming across the coast near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

"A Weatherbug site located at Cape Fear Community College recently reported a wind gust to 100 mph," the Hurricane Center said.

Sustained winds were clocked at the Wilmington Airport at 60 mph.

Maximum sustained winds over the water came in at 90 mph.

Widespread power outages were reported, along with downed trees, toppled roofs and increasing reports of flooding.

More than 400,000 lost power.

The hurricane's slow movement is contributing to very high rainfall predictions.

"Southeastern coastal North Carolina into far northeastern South Carolina...an additional 20 to 25 inches, with isolated storm totals of 30 to 40 inches. This rainfall will produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding."

That's in addition to seven feet of water blown ashore with the storm surge.

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