Hurricane Florence is predicted to pummel North Carolina, South Carolina, and parts of Virginia, causing dangerous damage with high winds and coastal flooding. And on Thursday, the easternmost parts of the region started to see a preview of what’s to come.
According to the , heavy rain bands with tropical storm-force winds have been spreading across the Outer Banks and the coast of southeastern North Carolina, and officials expect “life-threatening” rainfall and storm surge, when high winds send rising water inland. Storm chasers recorded footage of storm surge causing serious damage to beachfront homes on the barrier Islands of North Carolina
Other videos captured the already sizable flooding in parts of North Carolina.
And some videos showed the high-speed winds and harsh waves affecting the beaches in the state.
Florence has weakened from a Category 4 to a Category 2 hurricane, but officials are warning residents to keep taking its threats seriously. "I don't care if this goes down to a Category 1. We're still going to have a Category 4 storm surge," . Because the hurricane is predicted to stay put over the Carolinas for some time, it’s expected to dump 10 trillion gallons on North Carolina alone, which is enough to fill 15 million Olympic-size swimming pools.