US authorities have warned of “catastrophic” freshwater flooding as Hurricane Florence hits America’s east coast with top sustained winds of 90mph.
Forecasters say the combination of a life-threatening storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland.
Many coastal streets have already been flooded in the Carolinas, despite Florence being downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane.
The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre said in an update at 11pm EDT (4am BST) on Thursday that the storm’s eye was about 50 miles south of Morehead, City, North Carolina.
The core is also about 60 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina.
The storm is moving to the northwest at 6mph.