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In Pictures: Hurricane Florence batters US east coast

Residents in North Carolina have been warned of devastation across the state.

US authorities have warned of “catastrophic” freshwater flooding as Hurricane Florence hits America’s east coast.

Forecasters say the combination of a life-threatening storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland.

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Part of the roof of Tidewater Brewing lies on the ground in Wilmington (Chuck Burton/AP)
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Wind and water from Hurricane Florence damaged the highway leading off Harkers Island (Jordan Guthrie/AP)
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A bear statue floats in floodwaters on South Front street in New Bern (City of New Bern/AP)
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A boat was wedged in trees when Hurricane Florence hit the town of Oriental (Angie Propst/AP)
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Russ Lewis covers his eyes from a gust of wind and a blast of sand as Hurricane Florence approaches Myrtle Beach (David Goldman/AP)
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Flood waters have inundated buildings in New Bern (New Bern Police/AP)
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Jamie Thompson walks through flooded sections of East Front Street near Union Point Park in New Bern, North Carolina (AP)
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Waves slam the Oceana Pier and Pier House Restaurant in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina (AP)
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A message tells shoppers about supplies no longer available in South Carolina as Hurricane Florence approaches (AP)
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A police vehicle patrols the beach during an evening curfew which went into effect on Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (AP)
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Union Point Park is flooded with rising water from the Neuse and Trent Rivers in New Bern, North Carolina (AP)
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Residents at Trent Court Apartments wait out the weather as rising water gets closer to their doors in New Bern (AP)

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