Shocking footage of devastation has begun rolling in after Hurricane Florence made landfall in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina on Friday at approximately 7:30 a.m. as a category 1 storm. Two fatalities have been reported after a tree fell on a house in Wilmington, North Carolina, killing a mother and an infant, according to Reuters. The child's father was taken to the hospital.
Another woman died after suffering a small heart attack and paramedics were unable to reach her due to blocked roads, according to authorities.
According to CNN, over 620,000 residents of North and South Carolina are now without power.
- 557,793 power outages statewide in North Carolina
- 64,813 power outages statewide in South Carolina
- 622,606 total customers without power in both states
Rainfall Reports Confirmed by NWS:— Ginger Zee (@Ginger_Zee) September 14, 2018
18.53 inches Oriental, NC
14.07 inches Surf City, NC
13.81 inches WFO Morehead City, NC
13.07 inches Jacksonville, NC
"It's like a bomb went off" said New Bern resident George Zaytoun. "Everything around us is underwater."
Meanwhile, the Cajun Navy has begun rescuing stranded residents of New Bern, North Carolina. Organizer Clyde Cain told CNN that they have received over 500 calls for assistance.
The weather channel illustrates how bad things could get:
The latest iteration of our IMR group's work. This is what storm surge looks like. #Florence will make landfall in the next 36-48 hours and bring with it, 6-9 feet of potential storm surge. @parkertwc will show you what that looks like. @LocalNow @weatherchannel #NCwx #SCwx pic.twitter.com/mG9JjOOJeM— Ryan Davidson (@RyanDavidsonWX) September 13, 2018
I’ve never seen destruction like this. Parts of the Triangle Motor Inn in Jacksonville were evacuated overnight when winds from #HurricaneFlorence lifted the roof off several units and collapsed. This father got out with his 2 kids just in time pic.twitter.com/ApVnyUhah2— Gisela Margarita (@GiselaPerezTV) September 14, 2018
The service station/garage on 70 in Morehead City between Teachers Pet and the Shell station. pic.twitter.com/YnGsYxPhSF— Jackie Starkey (@jackieccnt) September 14, 2018
CNN's ever-disposable Derek Van Dam had to flee 95 mph winds:
“Winds over 95 [mph]… I gotta get out… whoa”— CNN (@CNN) September 14, 2018
CNN’s @VanDamCNN in Carolina Beach, North Carolina, earlier this morning, as the eyewall of Hurricane Florence came onshore.
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Time lapse video shows Hurricane Florence winds taking their toll on the American flag flying from North Carolina's Frying Pan Shoals Lighthouse hours before it makes landfall. pic.twitter.com/h57hMF2LU7— USA TODAY Video (@usatodayvideo) September 14, 2018