Hurricane Florence Slams into Coast, More Than 100 Swift-Water Rescues

RALEIGH – Emergency crews in North Carolina made more than 100 swift water rescues Thursday night into Friday morning, according to Governor Roy Cooper, and they are expecting to make more as Hurricane Florence wreaks havoc on the coast.

"Remember that rivers will keep on rising for days, even after the rain stops," he said. "For some parts of southeast North Carolina, one forecast shows a thousand year rain event.

Cooper held a press conference Friday morning, urging residents to stay sheltered in place as wind gusts as high as 105 mph swept through the impacted area, breaking a wind speed record last set in 1958.

Officials said they are planning on conditions worsening in the next three to seven days.

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