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Sandy Nunez | 16 September, 2018, 10:15

Florence blew ashore early Friday in North Carolina with 90 miles per hour winds, buckling buildings, deluging entire communities and knocking out power to more than 900,000 homes and businesses as it crawled inland and weakened into a still-lethal tropical storm.

Fayetteville, a city of about 210,000 people about 90 miles (145 km) inland, issued a mandatory evacuation order for thousands of residents near Cape Fear River because of flooding.

Numerous state highways leading out of town were also disappearing under water.

More than 415,000 homes and businesses were without power September 14 morning according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the nation's electrical grid. More than 60 people had to be rescued in another town as a cinderblock motel collapsed at the height of the storm's fury.

Bergaw Mayor Pete Cowan warned that the local hospital was not accessible; it had already been evacuated.

"We just don't want people to think this is over because it's not".

The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Florence has finally made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

Heavy rain and flooding are expected to continue at least through the weekend, and local officials said hundreds in areas hit by Florence still need rescue.

"Rivers are rising to unsafe levels, and the relentless rains will continue through the weekend", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned on Friday.

The National Weather Service measured storm surge in New Bern at 10 feet (3 meters) deep. Areas further inland through southwest Virginia could see as much as 15 inches of rainfall.

At one point, the 350-mile-wide but slow-moving storm packed winds so fierce that "CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor almost lost contact with CBS News' New York studio during the morning broadcast.

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National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said radar and rain gauges indicated some areas got as much as 2½ feet of rain, which he called "absolutely staggering". "But we're still in the throes of it". The Little River, the Cape Fear, the Lumber, the Neuse, the Waccamaw and the Pee Dee were all projected to overrun their banks, possibly flooding cities and towns.

"Know that the water is rising fast everywhere, even in places that don't typically flood", Cooper said.

United States east coast communities face "epic amounts of rainfall" from tropical storm Florence, which has been linked to at least 12 deaths.

Boat teams including volunteers rescued some 360 residents, including Sadie Marie Holt, 67, who first tried to row out of her neighbourhood during Florence's assault.

View of Florence in Wilmington, N.C., on Friday. "If the river rises to the level they say it's going to, then this warehouse is going to be under water", he said.

"If it rises any higher, I'll break out the jon boat and go somewhere", said Watson, 62, a retired building inspector.

"The main thing right now is to get this water pumped down" from the city, he said.

Under a auto port on Route 117 South in Burgaw, Kevin Everett's family cooked pancakes and bacon on a charcoal grill.

Saffo said it could be longer than two weeks before power is fully restored. "Don't make yourself someone who needs to be rescued".

In New Bern, along the coast, homes were completely surrounded by water, and rescuers used inflatable boats to reach people. Along with other home cleanup and fix work ministries, Frazier said his group works to "basically restore somebody back to where they were as much as we can".

"With a storm like this, you have communities that are faced not only with the devastation that a storm like this will leave behind, but the environmental injustices that may have already been existing in those communities", Glover said. "I woke up at 6 a.m., and the water was coming into the house". A husband and wife died in a house fire linked to the storm, officials said, and an 81-year-old man died after falling and hitting his head while packing to evacuate.