It Begins: Hurricane Florence Starts Its Slow Move Inland




 

Florence, the hurricane that has been on so many minds, has begun its slow trek into the U.S. Southeast. Outer bands of rain from the massive storm lashed at the coast of the Carolinas on Thursday, contributing to flash floods in some areas.

This story will be updated as the storm rolls in.

Waves slam the Oceana Pier and Pier House Restaurant in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, on Sept. 13, 2018.
The outer bands of Hurricane Florence led to flooding in New Bern, North Carolina, on Sept. 13, 2018. The full hurricane is expected to arrive on Friday.
Ocean water rushes down Cape Hatteras Pier Drive in Frisco, North Carolina, as the effects of Hurricane Florence reach the area on Sept. 13, 2018.
The outer bands of Hurricane Florence hit New Bern, North Carolina, on Sept. 13, 2018.
The flooded Union Point Park Complex in New Bern, North Carolina, on Sept. 13, 2018.
Ocean water breaches the dune line and rushes down Highway 12 on Sept. 13, 2018.
Heavy rain floods a street as the outer bands of Hurricane Florence hit New Bern, North Carolina, on Sept. 13, 2018.
A member of the U.S. Army walks near the flooded Union Point Park Complex as Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina.
Water rolls up Atlantic Beach as the outer edges of Hurricane Florence begin to affect the coast on Sept. 13, 2018.
Fishermen attempt to recover their haul-seine fishing net as Hurricane Florence approaches Virginia Beach, Virginia, on Sept. 13, 2018.
People look out over the surf before Hurricane Florence comes ashore on Carolina Beach, North Carolina, on Sept. 13, 2018.
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Swaths of rivers near the Atlantic coast will not crest for days to come, such as the lower Cape Fear River near Wilmington, N.C., one of the hardest hit communities, said Bob Oravec, a meteorologist with the NWS's Weather Prediction Center in College Park Maryland. "All that water is going to take a good while to recede," he said.

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