Robert Simmons Jr. and his kitten "Survivor" were rescued from floodwaters after Hurricane Florence dumped several inches of rain in New Bern, North Carolina on Friday night.
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The storm hit the coast of North and South Carolina early this morning, but its dangerous impacts will last well into the weekend.
Hurricane Florence hit North and South Carolina as a category one hurricane early Friday, and already many residents are struggling to cope with the storm's life-threatening forces.
Sixty-five mile-per-hour winds are blowing across the region, and some areas are projected to see as much as 40 inches of rain. As of Friday afternoon, some parts of the state had already seen 14 inches of rain.
Hurricane Florence is slow, large, and intensely rainy. Its relatively slower speed means it will likely hover over coastal regions for longer than it would have if it were moving faster.
(Read about the science behind why Florence is such a dangerous storm.)
Because Florence formed during peak hurricane season—from August to October—it's powered