Dramatic Videos Show Hurricane Florence Starting to Hit North Carolina

Officials expect “life-threatening” storm surge and rainfall.

Hurricane Florence storm surge
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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

Storm surge already over taking the homes here on the barrier island.

— Jeff Gammons (@StormVisuals)

Other videos captured the already sizable flooding in parts of North Carolina.

WOAH: Tim Fitch sent this video to our sister station 13News Now - WVEC of Hurricane Florence creating storm surge waters that are knee deep in spots!

This video was taken on Seabreeze Dr near Rodanthe, NC.

— NBC Charlotte (@wcnc)

Here comes the flooding from . This is a road in Avon, North Carolina in the Outer Banks, as moves in. Video Courtesy: Jenni Koontz/Epic Shutter Photography

— Brandi Hitt (@ABC7Brandi)

And some videos showed the high-speed winds and harsh waves affecting the beaches in the state.

Pretty dramatic wave watching right now on our Oceanana Pier cam in Atlantic Beach, NC courtesy approaching . Watch live - . Stay safe, everyone.

— Mark Willis (@mwilliswx)

is picking up. Watch live here:

— explore.org (@exploreorg)

Drone footage above Topsail Beach, NC approaching high tide ahead of

— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu)

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.

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