Things are getting intense, to say the least.
As Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolina coast, weather conditions are intensifying quickly. And 34 miles offshore from Cape Fear, North Carolina, a historic lighthouse is catching all the action on camera.
Frying Pan Tower—a former Coast Guard Light Station built in the ‘60s that now operates as a bed and breakfast—has been live streaming video from its post in the middle of the Atlantic for years. While you’d normally catch a vista of sunny skies and clear blue ocean from its stream, today, it’s nothing but grey skies, rough seas, and a flag whipping fiercely in the howling winds.
As of Thursday morning, the outer bands of the storm were moving over the North Carolina coast with wind gusts of up to 65 miles per hour observed by the National Weather Service. The storm is expected to continue to grow in size—and possibly strengthen—as its core moves over the warm waters of the Gulf stream.
Shelters have opened up across the Carolinas and Virginia for those fleeing the coastal regions. Airbnb hosts are also opening their homes free of charge to those in need.
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