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Hurricane Florence triggers tornado watches, extreme flooding expected

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Storm damage from Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, NC. (LSM Brandon Ivey)

It's daylight in North Carolina and the damage reports are coming in.

Crews with Live Storms Media are scattered across the state getting video of the wrath of Hurricane Florence.

A marina full of boats is in shambles in New Bern.

Two large trees sit on someone's home in Myrtle Grove.

In Wilmington, a pickup truck is tipped on its side because of an uprooted tree.

This, after Hurricane Florence blasted into North Carolina early Friday, making landfall near Wrightsville Beach at 7:15 a.m.

CBS12 reporter Maxine Bentzel is assessing the damage in Wilmington.

Overnight, crews tackled a house fire and high water rescues in New Bern.

Dramatic video showed the danger of driving in the middle of the night during a hurricane.

One car drove through a dark intersection, just missing the dangling traffic signal.

The storm is a Category 1 hurricane with 80 mph winds, moving west at 3 mph as of Friday's 11 a.m. advisory.

It is forecast to move further inland across southeastern North Carolina and eastern South Carolina through Saturday.

FEMA said Florence already dropped a foot of rain in Wilmington overnight.

Parts of southeastern coastal North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina could see an additional 25 inches of rain, with some spots getting up to 40 inches of rain.

The National Hurricane Center says the heavy rain will produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding.

As of 12 p.m. Friday, about a half-million customers are without power and another 200,000 people are in over 100 shelters across the state, according to the North Carolina Emergency Management.


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