Hurricane Florence lashes US east coast, triggers flood warnings

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Four people have been killed and more than 600,000 homes and businesses across North Carolina have lost power. Authorities warn of epic flooding, as the storm’s effects will be felt for the next two days.

According to the NHC, Florence entered North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane and was downgraded to a tropical storm, as it made its way inland. Authorities warned that even in its weakened state, the storm still carried “very dangerous winds” and the potential for epic flooding.

“Just because the wind speed came down, the intensity of this storm came down … please do not let your guard down,” said Brock Long, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), earlier on Thursday