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21st of October 2018

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In pics: Hurricane Florence hits North and South Carolina

Blowing ashore in the US with howling 144 kilometre per hour winds, Hurricane Florence has splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast in what could be just the opening act in a watery, two-part, slow-motion disaster.

At least four people were killed.

Epic flooding could be triggered well inland over the next few days as Florence moved over Southern Carolina. Rescues are now taking place.

Robert Simmons Jr. and his kitten "Survivor" are rescued from floodwaters after Hurricane Florence dumped several inches of rain in the area overnight.

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Robert Simmons Jr. and his kitten "Survivor" are rescued from floodwaters after Hurricane Florence dumped several inches of rain in the area overnight.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU," the tweet said.

"You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU."

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High winds and water surround buildings as Hurricane Florence hits Front Street in downtown Swansboro N.C.

Tom Copeland / AP

High winds and water surround buildings as Hurricane Florence hits Front Street in downtown Swansboro N.C.

More than 360 people had been rescued by midafternoon Friday, hours after then-Hurricane Florence swept through, but another 140 were still waiting for help, city spokeswoman Colleen Roberts told The Associated Press.

Crews from the city and the Federal Emergency Management Agency were working with citizen volunteers to get people to dry ground, Roberts said.

There had been no reports of injuries or fatalities, though most of the city was without power and thousands of buildings had been damaged, she said.

Large waves crash under Jennette's Pier in Nags Head N.C. at high tide as Hurricane Florence makes landfall further south.

L. Todd Spencer / AP

Large waves crash under Jennette's Pier in Nags Head N.C. at high tide as Hurricane Florence makes landfall further south.

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People drive an ATV through floodwaters on the riverwalk in Wilmington, N.C., after Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday.

Chuck Burton /AP

People drive an ATV through floodwaters on the riverwalk in Wilmington, N.C., after Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday.

High winds and water surround a house as Hurricane Florence hits Swansboro.

Tom Copeland /AP

High winds and water surround a house as Hurricane Florence hits Swansboro.

High winds and water surround a house as Hurricane Florence hits.

Tom Copeland / AP

High winds and water surround a house as Hurricane Florence hits.

Kite Boarder Dimitri Maramenides heads out next to Jennette's Pier in Nags Head, N.C., as Hurricane Florence makes landfall.

L. Todd Spencer / AP

Kite Boarder Dimitri Maramenides heads out next to Jennette's Pier in Nags Head, N.C., as Hurricane Florence makes landfall.

Mike Kiernan takes photos of the damage to his home in Wilmington, N.C

Chuck Burton

Mike Kiernan takes photos of the damage to his home in Wilmington, N.C

This satellite image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Florence on the eastern coast of the United States on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

AP

This satellite image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Florence on the eastern coast of the United States on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

Rescue team member Sgt. Nick Muhar, from the North Carolina National Guard 1/120th battalion, evacuates a young child as the rising floodwaters from Hurricane Florence threatens his home.

Chris Seward / AP

Rescue team member Sgt. Nick Muhar, from the North Carolina National Guard 1/120th battalion, evacuates a young child as the rising floodwaters from Hurricane Florence threatens his home.

A rescue team from the North Carolina National Guard 1/120th battalion evacuates a family as the rising floodwaters from Hurricane Florence threatens their home in New Bern, N.C.

Chris Seward / AP

A rescue team from the North Carolina National Guard 1/120th battalion evacuates a family as the rising floodwaters from Hurricane Florence threatens their home in New Bern, N.C.

A speed boat sits wedged in bushes in the parking lot of a waterfront hotel.

Allen G. Breed / AP

A speed boat sits wedged in bushes in the parking lot of a waterfront hotel.

A man crosses a flooded street in downtown Wilmington, N.C., after Hurricane Florence made landfall.

Chuck Burton / AP

A man crosses a flooded street in downtown Wilmington, N.C., after Hurricane Florence made landfall.

ITN

Widespread floods have hit the US East Coast as Hurricane Florence is about to make landfall in North Carolina.

Russ Lewis covers his eyes from a gust of wind and a blast of sand as Hurricane Florence approaches Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

David Goldman / AP

Russ Lewis covers his eyes from a gust of wind and a blast of sand as Hurricane Florence approaches Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Rains from Hurricane Florence fall as crews remove tree limbs from a power line.

Janet S. Carter / AP

Rains from Hurricane Florence fall as crews remove tree limbs from a power line.

People move a wood and metal structure off a roadway after winds from Hurricane Florence blew it off a sales lot.

Gerald Herbert

People move a wood and metal structure off a roadway after winds from Hurricane Florence blew it off a sales lot.

A man moves a large tree limb that downed power lines as the hurricane-turned-tropical storm Florence hit the Cherry Grove community in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. Florence flattened trees, crumbled roads and the assault wasn't anywhere close to being over, with the siege in the Carolinas expected to last all weekend.

Andrew Knapp / AP

A man moves a large tree limb that downed power lines as the hurricane-turned-tropical storm Florence hit the Cherry Grove community in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. Florence flattened trees, crumbled roads and the assault wasn't anywhere close to being over, with the siege in the Carolinas expected to last all weekend.

A piece of corrugated metal blown by winds from Hurricane Florence just misses a state patrolman as people move a wood and metal structure that was blown onto the roadway.

Gerald Herbert / AP

A piece of corrugated metal blown by winds from Hurricane Florence just misses a state patrolman as people move a wood and metal structure that was blown onto the roadway.

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