More than 436,000 without power in North & South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH, SC - SEPTEMBER 11: PFC. Traequan Shaw of the South Carolina National Guard directs traffic onto US 501 as the South Carolina government ordered that traffic use all the lanes on the route leading away from the coast to facilitate the evacuation of people ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence on September 11, 2018 in Myrtle Beach, United States. Hurricane Florence is expected to arrive on Friday, possibly as a category 4 storm along the Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina coastline. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
By Friday morning, the category one storm has already left nearly 437,000 people of North and South Carolina without power, according to emergency officials.
Amid the arrival of the storm more than 1 million people had been ordered to evacuate before the streets became flooded but many opted to stay resulting in dozens reportedly trapped in the storm surge.
The National Weather Service said Florence pushed in a storm surge of 10 feet above normal levels.
Furthermore, the storm has forced more than 60 people to evacuate a hotel in Jacksonville, NC after part of the building’s roof collapsed.
Thus far more than 1,300 along the East Coast have been canceled through Friday.