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Hurricane Florence pummels Carolina; residents take shelter

Steve Wareheim pose for a photo after making a last shopping run to prepare for the Hurricane Florence in a supermarket in Ocean Isle Beach, N. C. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. Wareheim decided to ride out the storm at home, after buying a generator this week. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

Millions of people in the path of Hurricane Florence are craving down Friday as the monster storm pummels North and South Carolina, bringing catastrophic floods and waterlogging and powerful, destructive wind. Here are snapshots of people struggling with the slow-grinding storm.

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Steve Wareheim says that his home in Shallotte, North Carolina, is the holding company, as the Hurricane Florence creeps closer.

Wareheim said he lost power early Friday. He bought a generator earlier this week, but at the time, it was not very helpful.

“I wish I had read the instructions a little more carefully on the generator. It can not be operated in the vicinity of rain,” Wareheim said. “So I’m going to have to wait until the rain stops. That may be a while.”

The National Weather Service said the area should get heavy rain until Sunday.

Wareheim said so far, the wind has only broken branches and limbs small enough to be transported. “There is nothing you need to get a chainsaw after not yet,” he said by phone.

Wareheim was preparing for the toughest winds of Florence, whose center was about 15 miles (24 km) from his home approximately 4 km from the hotel (6 miles) inland.

THE SAFETY OF A FEW MILES INLAND

Kathy Griffin was craving down Friday in a hotel in Wilmington, North Carolina with her husband. They decided to leave their fifth-floor Wrightsville Beach condo before the Hurricane Florence caught.

Still, storm conditions were terrible for the retired teacher and real estate agent.

Griffin said she was awakened when the power went off in the hotel, as some of the storm the strongest ties fastened Wilmington with wind and rain.

As she sat in the lobby of the hotel, eating a cold breakfast of bananas, cereal bars and pastries, she recalled that the decision to heed the mandatory evacuation order for her field was not difficult.

“If you’re there something bad happens, you are lucky,” she said.

She said that her Wrightsville Beach unit was insured against floods and also has glass strong enough to withstand 135 mph winds.

She was not as happy as a property, it has in Florida was severely damaged by the Hurricane Irma of last year.

“We have a home that was destroyed in Irma,” Griffin said. “They came and they went, and it in the trash everything inside.”

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