Hurricane Florence makes landfall: Police chief predicts 'biblical proportion flood'

Hurricane Florence is pummeling the North Carolina coastline, making landfall with life-threatening storm surges and wind gusts at or above 100 mph in some areas.
"I see a biblical proportion flood event that's going to occur," Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous told ABC News. "I see the beach communities being inundated with water and destruction that will be pretty, pretty epic in nature."Wilmington, North Carolina, was hit Friday morning by a 105 mph wind gust, the strongest wind in the city since 1958.



NEW: has made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina at 7:15 AM EDT (1115 UTC) with estimated maximum winds of 90 mph (150 km/h), and a minimum central pressure estimate of 958 mb (28.29"). http://hurricanes.gov 
Here's the latest:
More than 475,000 customers in North Carolina are without power early Friday as residents face the impacts of the Category 1 storm.
Catastrophic flooding is expected for much of the coastal Carolinas. Rainfall has already reached as many as 2 inches per hour in parts of eastern North Carolina.

More than 30 inches of rain has fallen in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, according to the U.S Geological Survey. If confirmed by the National Weather Service, this number would break the state record for rainfall from a tropical cyclone.

PHOTO: Portions of a boat dock and boardwalk are destroyed by powerful wind and waves as Hurricane Florence arrives in Atlantic Beach, N.C., Sept. 13, 2018. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Portions of a boat dock and boardwalk are destroyed by powerful wind and waves as Hurricane Florence arrives in Atlantic Beach, N.C., Sept. 13, 2018.more +

In Bayboro, North Carolina, one of the areas under evacuation, resident Kim Dunn stayed behind, and now she's trapped in her truck surrounded by rising water. Her boyfriend and his cousin are stranded on a paddle boat less than a mile away.
The water is as high as street signs, and "we have no way to get to them," Dunn told ABC News Friday morning.

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"They've been out there for about six hours now just screaming for help," she said. "Only communication we have with them is just me flashing my lights to them and I think they have a flashlight they're flickering back to us."

Dunn, the mother of a 10-month-old, a 3-year-old and an 8-year-old, said she made a decision to stay behind while others fled.
"We were trying to figure out if we had enough finances to get out and if we were to get out, were we going to be able to get back home. So we made a decision to stay," she said. "I don't know how long it's going to be before the water actually starts to come into the apartment."
In nearby New Bern, where water levels reached 10 feet overnight, 150 people have requested a rescue. Volunteers are using private boats to pitch in and help, city spokeswoman Colleen Roberts said.
The downtown area, at the confluence of two rivers, is mostly underwater.

PHOTO: Union Point Park is flooded with rising water from the Neuse and Trent Rivers in New Bern, N.C., Sept. 13, 2018.Gray Whitley/Sun Journal via AP
Union Point Park is flooded with rising water from the Neuse and Trent Rivers in New Bern, N.C., Sept. 13, 2018.

New Bern resident George Zaytoun chose not to evacuate and is trapped inside his home.
“It’s like a bomb has gone off,” Zaytoun told "Good Morning America" Friday. “Everything around us is underwater.”
Zaytoun said he regrets not evacuating.
When Florence was downgraded from a Category 4 to a 2, “I think we kind of let our guards down," he said of his community.



WOW! This is the flooding from the Pungo River in Belhaven, NC, which has risen dramatically due to Hurricane .

Florence "is twice the size of Hurricane Hugo," which tore through the Carolinas in 1989, New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw told "GMA."
Trapped residents should move to their second story or attic to await rescue, the city advised.
"As soon as it is safe, first responders will make sure they go and rescue people who need to be saved from this storm," North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper told ABC News Friday.

PHOTO: Michael Nelson floats in a boat made from a metal tub and fishing floats after the Neuse River went over its banks and flooded his street during Hurricane Florence Sept. 13, 2018 in New Bern, N.C.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Michael Nelson floats in a boat made from a metal tub and fishing floats after the Neuse River went over its banks and flooded his street during Hurricane Florence Sept. 13, 2018 in New Bern, N.C.more +

Some people were arrested for breaking into cars as Hurricane Florence approached North Carolina Thursday night, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram told ABC Wilmington affiliate WWAY-TV.
"If you seek to prey upon the citizens of Brunswick County, we're going to do everything we can to lock you up," Ingram warned. "I made sure ahead of time that we had adequate space for anybody that wanted to try that."
The rainfall is forecast to reach up to 40 inches over the next several days.
Storm surge could be as high as 11 feet in parts of North Carolina, prompting officials to closely watch the rise of rivers in the eastern part of the state. River flooding may be worse than Hurricane Floyd in 1999.
The Cape Fear River is expected to be at major flood stage by Sunday and record flood stage by Monday.