Distressing first videos reveal the fury of Hurricane Florence as it lashes Carolinas
Artist Sarah Loeffler Misch, who decided to stay behind, shared multiple videos of the storm's onslaught on Avon in North Carolina
Several locals near the North Carolina coast who decided to ride out Hurricane Florence on Friday took out their cameras to capture the havoc the dangerouos hurricane has unleashed in the region within minutes of making landfall.
Artist Sarah Loeffler Misch, who decided to stay behind despite warnings to evacuate the area, shared multiple videos of the storm's onslaught in Avon which is a part of the Outer Banks in North Carolina.
Even though several comunities along the coast were ordered to evacuate the region, with millions of people fleeing the coast over the last few days, there are still many people who have chosen to stay behind and brace for the storm as it gets brutal with a 10-foot storm surge.
A photographer in Avon, Jason Cole, also captured video of a powerful storm surge overtaking sand dunes in the region.
The storm is likely to bring significant rain to the Carolinas, where some places could see upwards of 20 inches of rainfall. This is expected to cause "catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding," an update said.
The National Weather Service said that, despite Florence being downgraded to a Category 1 storm, it is expected to cause a 10-foot storm surge, with "catastrophic" flooding expected over several parts of the Carolinas.
Latest reports suggest that nearly 500,000 residents in North Carolina are out of power and the electricity outage could continue for at least ten days.
WeatherNation also shared a video clip of massive flooding in New Bern, North Carolina. The region is said to be the worst affected by the storm yet. Hundreds of stranded people were evacuated from New Bern just hours ago after they raised calls for help overnight on Thursday.