The category one hurricane made landfall near Wrightsville Beach Friday morning.

By Kimberly Holland
September 14, 2018
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Category one Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, Friday morning, bringing with it sustained winds at 90 miles per hour, torrential downpours, and a growing storm surge. Florence is now moving west-southwest, skirting along the North Carolina shore.

A few miles from Wrightsville Beach, NBC meterologist Dylan Dryer has been stationed in the Wilmington, NC area since Wednesday. As the storm crept on shore Friday morning and winds changed direction, the Weekend Today Show co-anchor shared footage of a tree being righted by Florence's winds.

Ninety miles north of Wrightsville Beach and the Wilmington metropolitan area, New Bern, North Carolina is experiencing some of the most devastating flooding of the storm so far. The Charlotte Observer reports that the idyllic retirement town and former state capitol saw the Neuse and Trent rivers rise 10 feet in a few hours on Thursday. At least 200 people were rescued Thursday evening, and another 150 people who did not evacuate were waiting for rescue teams to get to them Friday morning. 

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Meterologist and famed storm chaser Reed Timmer shared footage of the Louisiana Cajun Navy, a volunteer network of boat owners who assist in rescuing people during natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey, moving residents to higher ground as the tidal surge returned Friday before noon in New Bern.

CNN Correspond Martin Savidge in Carolina Beach, NC, shared humorous—if not revealing—footage of a fellow reporter taking shelter from winds and driving rains between live shots.


As the storm continues its jaunt toward Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the Outer Banks are breathing a sigh of relief, though they continue to watch the storm and the possibility for flooding. On Ocracoke Island, business owner Sarah Fiore and her husband chose to ride out Florence at home. The island lost power this morning, but local electric crews were working to return service to the island's residents and businesses.

Sarah Fiore
Sarah Fiore

In fact, Fiore told Coastal Living, the Variety Store was open for business Friday morning. "Most folks that stayed have [generators] or are staying with people who do," she says. "It’s a very tight knit community, so when things like this happen you know there are always people you can turn to for help."