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♪ ♪>>>THIS IS AN NBC NEWS SPECIAL>>>THIS IS AN NBC NEWS SPECIAL REPORT. REPORT. HURRICANE FLORENCE. HURRICANE FLORENCE. HERE’S LESTER HOLT. HERE’S LESTER HOLT.>>GOOD AFTERNOON FROM>>GOOD AFTERNOON FROM WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA. WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA. WE ARE COMING ON THE AIR RIGHT WE ARE COMING ON THE AIR RIGHT NOW TO BRING YOU THE LATEST ON NOW TO BRING YOU THE LATEST ON HURRICANE FLORENCE, WHICH STILL HURRICANE FLORENCE, WHICH STILL HAS THE CAROLINA COAST IN ITS HAS THE CAROLINA COAST IN ITS GRIP AND WHICH HAS TURNED GRIP AND WHICH HAS TURNED DEADLY. DEADLY. AT LEAST FOUR CONFIRMED DEATHS AT LEAST FOUR CONFIRMED DEATHS RELATED TO THE STORM, INCLUDING RELATED TO THE STORM, INCLUDING A MOTHER AND INFANT DAUGHTER A MOTHER AND INFANT DAUGHTER KILLED WHEN A TREE FELL ON THEIR KILLED WHEN A TREE FELL ON THEIR HOUSE HERE IN WILMINGTON. HOUSE HERE IN WILMINGTON. THE FATHER WAS INJURED AND TAKEN THE FATHER WAS INJURED AND TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL. TO A HOSPITAL. WE WERE ON THE SCENE DURING THAT WE WERE ON THE SCENE DURING THAT RESCUE OPERATION. RESCUE OPERATION. WE’LL HAVE A FULL REPORT TONIGHT WE’LL HAVE A FULL REPORT TONIGHT ON NIGHTLY NEWS. ON NIGHTLY NEWS. FLORENCE STILL A MASSIVE STORM, FLORENCE STILL A MASSIVE STORM, AND MYRTLE BEACH, ABOUT 65 MILES AND MYRTLE BEACH, ABOUT 65 MILES SOUTHWEST OF US HERE, IS NOW SOUTHWEST OF US HERE, IS NOW TAKING THE BRUNT OF IT. TAKING THE BRUNT OF IT. NBC’S GABE GUTIERREZ IS THERE. NBC’S GABE GUTIERREZ IS THERE. WHAT ARE YOU SEEING, GABE? WHAT ARE YOU SEEING, GABE?>>Reporter: LESTER, THE WINDS>>Reporter: LESTER, THE WINDS GUSTING HERE OVER 40 MILES PER GUSTING HERE OVER 40 MILES PER HOUR. HOUR. THIS IS THE WESTERN EDGE OF THE THIS IS THE WESTERN EDGE OF THE STORM. STORM. NORTH CAROLINA, SO FAR, HAS HAD NORTH CAROLINA, SO FAR, HAS HAD THE STRONGEST WINDS AND HEAVIEST THE STRONGEST WINDS AND HEAVIEST RAIN, BUT RIGHT NOW WE ARE RAIN, BUT RIGHT NOW WE ARE GETTING POUNDED WITH STRONG GETTING POUNDED WITH STRONG WINDS AND HEAVY RAIN. WINDS AND HEAVY RAIN. WE HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGHOUT WE HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGHOUT MYRTLE BEACH AND LOOKING FOR MYRTLE BEACH AND LOOKING FOR DAMAGE. DAMAGE. THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL DOWNED THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL DOWNED TREES. TREES. THE CITY HAS MORE THAN 7,000 THE CITY HAS MORE THAN 7,000 CUSTOMERS WITHOUT POWER. CUSTOMERS WITHOUT POWER. EMERGENCY VEHICLES THOUGH ARE EMERGENCY VEHICLES THOUGH ARE STANDING BY AS THE WORST OF THE STANDING BY AS THE WORST OF THE STORM GOES THROUGH IN ORDER TO STORM GOES THROUGH IN ORDER TO HAVE ANY WATER RESCUES IF HAVE ANY WATER RESCUES IF NECESSARY. NECESSARY. THE BIGGEST CONCERN HERE IS THE THE BIGGEST CONCERN HERE IS THE STORM SURGE AND THE FLOODING. STORM SURGE AND THE FLOODING. RAIN IS SUPPOSED TO CONTINUE RAIN IS SUPPOSED TO CONTINUE HERE FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS HERE FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS AND INTO TOMORROW, AND SOME AND INTO TOMORROW, AND SOME LOCAL OFFICIALS ARE EXPECTING LOCAL OFFICIALS ARE EXPECTING MORE THAN 20 INCHES OF RAIN HERE MORE THAN 20 INCHES OF RAIN HERE IN MYRTLE BEACH. IN MYRTLE BEACH. THIS IS THE WESTERN EDGE OF THE THIS IS THE WESTERN EDGE OF THE STORM. STORM. AGAIN, AS THE STORM MOVES AGAIN, AS THE STORM MOVES FURTHER WEST OVER THE NEXT FURTHER WEST OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS, WE ARE COUPLE OF HOURS, WE ARE EXPECTING TO SEE THE WORST OF EXPECTING TO SEE THE WORST OF WILL HERE IN MYRTLE BEACH. WILL HERE IN MYRTLE BEACH. LESTER. LESTER.>>ALL RIGHT.>>ALL RIGHT. GABE GUTIERREZ. GABE GUTIERREZ. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. LET’S GO TO AL ROKER NOW WITH LET’S GO TO AL ROKER NOW WITH SOME MORE TRACKING OF THE SOME MORE TRACKING OF THE STORM’S PROGRESS. STORM’S PROGRESS.>>THAT’S RIGHT, LESTER.>>THAT’S RIGHT, LESTER. IT IS STILL MOVING VERY, VERY IT IS STILL MOVING VERY, VERY SLOWLY. SLOWLY. YOU CAN SEE IT ON RAYDAR. YOU CAN SEE IT ON RAYDAR. HERE IS THE LATEST FROM THE HERE IS THE LATEST FROM THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER. NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER. WE HAVE A CATEGORY 1 WITH WE HAVE A CATEGORY 1 WITH 75 MILES PER HOUR WINDS STILL 75 MILES PER HOUR WINDS STILL MOVING SLOWLY WEST AT SIX MILES MOVING SLOWLY WEST AT SIX MILES PER HOUR. PER HOUR. WE HAVE TORNADO WATCHES UP TO WE HAVE TORNADO WATCHES UP TO THE NORTH AND THE WEST AS WELL. THE NORTH AND THE WEST AS WELL. HERE IS THE TRACK. HERE IS THE TRACK. IT IS STILL A TROPICAL — I IT IS STILL A TROPICAL — I SHOULD SAY A CATEGORY 1 STORM IN SHOULD SAY A CATEGORY 1 STORM IN MYRTLE BEACH, THEN SATURDAY IT MYRTLE BEACH, THEN SATURDAY IT MAKES ITS WAY AND BECOMES A MAKES ITS WAY AND BECOMES A TROPICAL STORM, ON TOP OF TROPICAL STORM, ON TOP OF COLUMBIA BY SATURDAY NIGHT AT COLUMBIA BY SATURDAY NIGHT AT 8:00 P.M. 8:00 P.M. IT WILL THEN CONTINUE MOVING TO IT WILL THEN CONTINUE MOVING TO THE WEST AND THEN TO THE NORTH. THE WEST AND THEN TO THE NORTH. THE STORM SURGE IS THE BIG THE STORM SURGE IS THE BIG STORY. STORY. SIX TO 11 FEET. SIX TO 11 FEET. THE NEXT HIGH TIDE FROM ABOUT THE NEXT HIGH TIDE FROM ABOUT MIDNIGHT TO 12:35 A.M. THIS MIDNIGHT TO 12:35 A.M. THIS MORNING, SO WE’LL BE WATCHING MORNING, SO WE’LL BE WATCHING THAT. THAT. AND CATASTROPHIC FLOODING STILL AND CATASTROPHIC FLOODING STILL POSSIBLE WITH ANYWHERE FROM POSSIBLE WITH ANYWHERE FROM ANOTHER 10 TO 20 INCHES OF RAIN ANOTHER 10 TO 20 INCHES OF RAIN GENERALLY. GENERALLY. ONE AREA, ORIENT, NORTH ONE AREA, ORIENT, NORTH CAROLINA, GOT 20 INCHES OF RAIN. CAROLINA, GOT 20 INCHES OF RAIN. LESTER, WHERE YOU ARE IN LESTER, WHERE YOU ARE IN WILMINGTON, THEY SAW WILMINGTON, THEY SAW 105-MILES-PER-HOUR WIND GUSTS. 105-MILES-PER-HOUR WIND GUSTS. THAT’S THE HIGHEST WIND GUSTS THAT’S THE HIGHEST WIND GUSTS SINCE HURRICANE HELENE BACK IN SINCE HURRICANE HELENE BACK IN 1958. 1958. LESTER. LESTER.>>WE ARE STILL GETTING BEATEN>>WE ARE STILL GETTING BEATEN AROUND HERE A LITTLE BIT. AROUND HERE A LITTLE BIT. THANK YOU, AL. THANK YOU, AL. WE WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THE WE WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THE WHITE HOUSE HAS ANNOUNCED JUST WHITE HOUSE HAS ANNOUNCED JUST MOMENTS AGO THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP MOMENTS AGO THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL VISIT THE STORM ZONE WILL VISIT THE STORM ZONE SOMETIME NEXT WEEK, DETAILS TO SOMETIME NEXT WEEK, DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED. BE ANNOUNCED. STAY WITH US FOR ALL OF THE STAY WITH US FOR ALL OF THE LATEST. LATEST. I WILL HAVE MORE WHEN WE SEE YOU

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