Hurricane Florence batters Carolinas amid warning of ‘catastrophic’ floods – live updates

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Hurricane Florence batters Carolinas amid warning of ‘catastrophic’ floods – live updates

More than 500,000 people without power as ‘life-threatening’ storm lashes US central seaboard with damaging winds and extremely heavy rainfall

Myrtle Beach, with its pristine shoreline, fairground attraction and immaculate golf courses, is known as a major holiday destination in the US south. But for the city’s poorest residents – 23% of people here live below the poverty line – the prospect of a direct hit from Hurricane Florence served only as a reminder of the city’s economic and racial inequality.

For many, evacuating from the path of Hurricane Florence is simply too expense.

Related: ‘I can’t afford to leave my home’: evacuating too costly for some in path of Hurricane Florence

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