Five dead after Hurricane Florence makes landfall in North Carolina

Photo Courtesy: national oceanic and atmospheric administration, NOAA

Five people have died after Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, bringing strong winds and heavy rains.

Residents of western North Carolina have been warned they may see flooding and landslides, with some weather models predicting more than 50 inches of rain for parts of North Carolina.

Nearly 800,000 are without power and close to 2,100 flights have been cancelled, with 11 million Americans living in areas under storm watches and warnings.

Many of the coastal counties in North Carolina are now under mandatory evacuation orders.

There are also concerns about the protective levee in Lumberton, which saw some flooding during Hurricane Matthew, which dropped less water than Florence is expected to.

The problem areas in the levee are sections where it drops down for train tracks, with workers attempting to plug the gaps.

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