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Florence rains wash away New Bern’s beloved statues

16 September 2018

Water from the Neuse river floods the streets during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern, North Carolina, U.S., September 14, 2018.

A Twitter user captured the moment a reporter for the Weather Channel appeared to fake the severity of the winds caused by Hurricane Florence on Friday as the hurricane made landfall in North Carolina.

With a plodding pace belying still-unspent fury, Tropical Storm Florence pushed deeper into the Carolinas on Saturday, inundating homes, toppling trees and pushing rivers far beyond their banks as rescuers rushed to keep pace.

By Friday evening, the center of the storm had moved to eastern SC, about 15 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

Florence made landfall 10 miles east of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, on Friday morning as a Category 1 hurricane with 90 mph winds.

Tropical storm-force winds stretched up to 150 miles (240 kph) from the storm's center.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster is giving another update on the state's response to Tropical Storm Florence.

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, had around 7 inches.

One of the towns worst affected is New Bern, which sits between the Neuse and Trent rivers in North Carolina.

On the other side of the world, meanwhile, more than a dozen people have died as Typhoon Mangkhut rips through the Philippines.

Videos posted to social media show storm surges flooding into homes as they race inland.

Florence already has proven deadly with its almost nonstop rain, surging seawater and howling winds, and the threats are days from ending as remnants from what was a major hurricane swirl over the Carolinas.

The coastline is under immediate threat of increasingly high water levels due to winds pushing surges onshore, with large and destructive waves.

"It's a big task, because our main priority is protecting lives", Jon Ingram, the Brunswick County, North Carolina sheriff, said on Saturday during an interview with FOX Business' Neil Cavuto. "We didn't know where to go", she said.

In general, south eastern sections of North Carolina like Wilmington and Fayetteville are at risk of flooding.

The storm's first casualties, which included a mother and her baby killed when a tree fell on their brick house in Wilmington, North Carolina, were announced about eight hours after Florence came ashore on Friday (local time).

Water could reach as high as 5ft in some areas.

The monster storm could dump drenching rains of up to one meter.

The hurricane center said the storm will eventually break up over the southern Appalachians and make a right hook to the northeast, its rainy remnants moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England by the middle of next week. The southeast town of Newport, N.C., reported a rainfall total of nearly 24 inches as of midnight Saturday. Rescue crews have used boats to reach hundreds of people trapped by the rising waters.

Florence rains wash away New Bern’s beloved statues