WATCH LIVE: Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall in North Carolina

Hurricane Florence has reached the U.S. mainland and is bringing intense conditions throughout the Carolinas.

The Category 1 storm is currently gusting at wind speeds of about 90 mph with heavy rain and storm surges expected for the region. Public officials have been warning residents to evacuate the East Coast for the last few days, though plenty of people have chosen to bunker down in their homes, and it remains to be seen how many people may need to be rescued from the imminent floods and areas that lose power.

North Carolina is currently facing the brunt of the storm, though that’s likely to change since weather forecasts predict Florence will head inland before moving north, towards Virginia and Maryland.

Watch above, via ABC, NBC, Washington Post.

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