Pictures: Hurricane Florence bears down on US east coast

Jamie Thompson walks through flooded sections of East Front Street near Union Point Park in New Bern, North Carolina Credit: AP

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.

Many coastal streets have already been flooded in the Carolina.

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