**LIVE UPDATES** Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall in North Carolina

Hurricane Florence made landfall in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina on Friday at around 7:30 a.m. EST as a Category 1 storm. East coast residents inside the storm’s path are bracing for days of flooding along with extreme damage to property. Earlier that will week, Gov. Roy Cooper issued a strict warning to residents regarding Florence: “Don’t bet your life on riding out a monster.”

**Follow all of the events on the Breitbart News Live Wire below. All times in eastern.**

12:23 PM: The National Weather Service confirms the total inches of rain various North Carolina towns have received since Florence’s landfall.

12:18 AM: BBC journalist Paul Blake reports Morehead City, North Carolina will be currently experiencing “surge flooding.” Photos shared by Duke Energy Corporate Communications Sally Thelen show various buildings have suffered extreme damage.

11:37 AM: The Associated Press reports Hurricane Florence lumbered ashore in North Carolina with howling 0 mph winds along with terrifying storm surge early Friday, ripping apart buildings along with knocking out power to a half-million homes along with businesses as the idea settled in for what could be a long along with extraordinarily destructive drenching.

More than 60 people had to be pulled through a collapsing motel at the height of the storm. Hundreds more had to be rescued elsewhere through rising waters, along with others could only hold out expect someone would likely come for them.

“WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU,” the city of completely new Bern tweeted around 2 a.m. “You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, although WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU.”

More ominously, forecasters said the onslaught on the coast would likely last for hours along with hours because Florence had come almost to a dead halt at just 3 mph (6 kph) as of midday.

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