UPDATED 8:05 AM PT – Fri. Sept. 14, 2018
Wilmington North Carolina is almost completely without power, as it endures the strongest wind gusts since 1958, which were measured around 105 miles per hour
Hurricane Florence officially made landfall Friday near Wrightsville Beach as a category one storm, moving gradually with sustained winds of around 90 miles per hour.
The Coast Guard clarified both Wilmington and Virginia ports remain closed, but it stands ready to conduct search and rescue missions.
Meanwhile, President Trump thanked First Responders in a tweet Friday, and also reached out to Wilmington mayor Bill Saffo, to establish a line of communication.
Incredible job being done by FEMA, First Responders, Law Enforcement and all. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2018
Rising sea levels brought on by Hurricane Florence trapped around 150 people in a coastal North Carolina town.
FEMA teams were deployed to the city of New Bern late Thursday night, to conduct water rescue missions for people trapped on roofs or in their cars.
City officials described the situation as dire on Friday, and urged residents to seek higher ground while awaiting rescue.
More FEMA teams are expected to arrive in the coming hours, as emergency calls continue to roll in.
Reports claim around 200 people were rescued overnight.
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