As of 5 a.m., Florence's western eye wall is now making landfall north of Wilmington, North Carolina.
"This is risky, unsafe times in New Bern". Clyde Cain, the Admiral of the Louisiana Cajun Navy, told WWL that local first responders would handle all calls for rescue and evacuation. "So a lot of people we were rescuing from the tops of their vehicles". He decided that if the water reached the house, he'd take the pets to the second floor.
In a Friday morning tweet, the city of New Bern posted photos of one of its cast-iron bear statues that had moved.
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No deaths have been reported in New Bern, but the situation caused by Hurricane Florence is dire, the mayor said. Rescues began around 4 p.m. Thursday and continued into the night. "We've planned for this. We are staying here to keep you up to date". "The building has been evacuated, just so that you know", he said.
The city of 29,000 that's near the North Carolina coast is surrounded by two rivers on the east and south.
Hurricane Florence lumbered ashore in North Carolina with howling 90 miles per hour winds and terrifying storm surge early Friday, ripping apart buildings and knocking out power to a half-million homes and businesses as it settled in for what could be a long and extraordinarily destructive drenching.
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Hurricane Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm with a 10-foot storm surge but forecasters have warned the downgrade will not affect the potential threat of the storm.
Authorities advised residents who had not evacuated to go to the highest point in their homes, call 911 for help, keep their cell batteries charged as best they can and wait for help to arrive.
The storm is likely to bring significant rain to the Carolinas, where some places could see upwards of 20 inches, the update said. "I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth".More news: Hurricane Florence Reduces Its Intensity But Not Its Destructive Power