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In pictures: Hurricane Florence strikes the eastern US

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Hurricane Florence seen off the US east coast, over the Atlantic Ocean
Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina on Friday, drenching the East Coast area of the United States.Five deaths have been linked to the storm and thousands of people spent the night in emergency shelters.Originally categorised as a hurricane, Florence has since been downgraded to a tropical storm.Evacuation warnings have been issued for 1.7 million people as it moves across North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Here is a selection of striking images from when it hit.
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Many residents in affected areas boarded up their homes and businesses before the storm hit
In pictures: Hurricane Florence strikes the eastern US

The storm caused many roads, towns, and cities to be flooded
In pictures: Hurricane Florence strikes the eastern US

Some North Carolina residents had to be evacuated by emergency teams
In pictures: Hurricane Florence strikes the eastern US

Around 150 people were trapped in their houses in the North Carolina city of New Bern
In pictures: Hurricane Florence strikes the eastern US

Water from the nearby Neuse River flooded the city
In pictures: Hurricane Florence strikes the eastern US

New Bern's streets were flooded during the heavy rainfall
In pictures: Hurricane Florence strikes the eastern US

Boats were carried by the force of the winds from New Bern's docks on to the city's streets
In pictures: Hurricane Florence strikes the eastern US

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BBC on the ground as Hurricane Florence arrives
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Some residents were reluctant to evacuate because not all shelters accept pets
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Trees were downed across North Carolina amid high winds
In pictures: Hurricane Florence strikes the eastern US

People watch as a neighbour is rescued after a tree fell on his home in Wilmington, North Carolina

Hurricanes


In pictures: Hurricane Florence strikes the eastern US

In pictures: Hurricane Florence strikes the eastern US

The central eye of calmer weather is surrounded by a wall of rainstorms.
This eyewall has the fastest winds below it and violent currents of air rising through it.
In pictures: Hurricane Florence strikes the eastern US

A mound of water piles up below the eye which is unleashed as the storm reaches land.
These storm surges can cause more damage from flooding than the winds.
In pictures: Hurricane Florence strikes the eastern US

"Urgent warning about the rapid rise of water on the SW FL coast with the passage of #Irma's eye. MOVE AWAY FROM THE WATER!"
Tweet from the National Hurricane Center
In pictures: Hurricane Florence strikes the eastern US

The size of hurricanes is mainly measured by the Saffir-Simpson scale - other scales are used in Asia Pacific and Australia.
In pictures: Hurricane Florence strikes the eastern US

Winds 119-153km/h
Some minor flooding, little structural damage.
Storm surge +1.2m-1.5m
In pictures: Hurricane Florence strikes the eastern US

Winds 154-177km/h
Roofs and trees could be damaged.
Storm surge +1.8m-2.4m
In pictures: Hurricane Florence strikes the eastern US

Winds 178-208km/h
Houses suffer damage, severe flooding
Storm surge +2.7m-3.7m
In pictures: Hurricane Florence strikes the eastern US

Hurricane Sandy (2012) caused $71bn damage in the Caribbean and New York
In pictures: Hurricane Florence strikes the eastern US

Winds 209-251km/h
Some roofs destroyed and major structural damage to houses.
Storm surge +4m-5.5m
In pictures: Hurricane Florence strikes the eastern US

Hurricane Ike (2008) hit Caribbean islands and Louisiana and was blamed for at least 195 deaths
In pictures: Hurricane Florence strikes the eastern US

Winds 252km/h+
Serious damage to buildings, severe flooding further inland.
Storm surge +5.5m
In pictures: Hurricane Florence strikes the eastern US

Hurricane Irma (2017) caused devastation in Caribbean islands, leaving thousands homeless
In pictures: Hurricane Florence strikes the eastern US

"For everyone thinking they can ride this storm out, I have news for you: that will be one of the biggest mistakes you can make in your life."
Mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin ahead of Hurricane Gustav, 2008
In pictures: Hurricane Florence strikes the eastern US

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The storm continued its way across the Carolinas, sending waves crashing against this pier in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
In pictures: Hurricane Florence strikes the eastern US

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