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has made landfall in North Carolina.
The hurricane weakened to a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained wind of 90 mph as of 6 a.m. ET. Florence was expected to swamp almost all of North Carolina in several feet of water, Gov. Roy Cooper told reporters. The National Weather Service said as much as 7 inches of rain had fallen overnight in some coastal areas.
Nearly half a million homes and businesses lost power, and dozens of people had to be rescued from a hotel.
Forecasters also said storm’s extreme size meant it could batter the East Coast with hurricane-force wind for nearly a full day.