Over 280,000 without power as Hurricane Florence batters N. Carolina
WASHINGTON, Sept 14, 2018 (MENA) - More than 280,000 people were without power in North Carolina as of early Friday morning, as Hurricane Florence pounded the region with strong winds and heavy rains, Fox News reported.
As of 5:15 a.m. local time, 288,978 residents were experiencing power outages, according to the North Carolina Department of Safety.
The storm was downgraded late Thursday to Category 1, as the North Carolina coast was battered by hurricane-force winds and a life-threatening storm surge.
In addition to the power outages, authorities were working with federal responders to rescue at least 150 residents who reported themselves stranded in Florence's storm surge.
The National Hurricane Center said around 4 a.m. that the eyewall of the storm is beginning to reach the North Carolina coast.