Hurricane Florence deluges Carolinas ahead of landfall

WILMINGTON, N.C. (Reuters) – Rain, wind and rising floodwaters from Hurricane Florence swamped the Carolinas early on Friday as the massive storm crawled toward the coast, threatening millions of people with record rainfall and punishing surf.

It was set to inundate almost all of North Carolina in several feet of water, State Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference, while National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear predicted up to eight months of rain in two or three days.

Florence was expected to make landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina, at midday, and forecasters said its…

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