WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Spectrum News crews from North Carolina, D.C. and Florida are in North Carolina and across the mid-Atlantic coast, bringing you real-time updates on Hurricane Florence and its aftermath.
8 a.m. (Friday)
Florence made landfall at 7:15 a.m. near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Maximum sustained winds were estimated to be 90 mph.
A North Carolina TV news station has evacuated its building due to rising waters from Hurricane Florence.
New Bern's WCTI-TV NewsChannel 12 posted on Facebook on Thursday night that employees had to abandon the studio for the "first time in history.'"
New Bern is a city along the Neuse River and is near the Atlantic coast, about 90 miles northeast of Wilmington.
As Hurricane Florence gets closer to making landfall on the Carolina coast, locals have already seeing strong wind gusts and heavy rain, according to our reporters.
A buoy off the North Carolina coast recorded waves nearly 30 feet high as Florence churned toward shore.
Police and emergency crews are stationed across the area for safety.
Utility crews from as far away as California and Canada have been brought to North Carolina to respond to what could be millions of power outages following Hurricane Florence.
So far, utilities have reported 80,000 customers without power because of Florence.
Our reporters in Wilmington, North Carolina report the power is now out at their hotel, and water may be turned off soon.
Power outages are growing in the state as Florence moves closer. Duke Energy, one of the largest energy companies in the state, estimates that 1 million to 3 million of its 4 million customers will lose power from Florence.
Meanwhile, FlightAware reports more than 1,500 flights have been canceled through Saturday because of Florence.
Orlando International Airport reported 12 cancellations out of 900 flights for Thursday, with more possible.
Florence may dump more than 2 feet of rain on North and South Carolina.
That's according to estimates by the National Hurricane Center.
Some 2 trillion to 11 trillion gallons of rain may fall over the next week.
North Carolina's governor is asking President Trump to issue another federal disaster declaration. The first one helped officials prepare for the storm. A second one would bring more help with debris removal, meals and generators, search and rescue teams and other needs.
In South Carolina, some 421,000 residents have evacuated from the coast. More than 4,000 people have taken refuge in shelters. The state says the shelters are about 12 percent full right now.
South Carolina is worried about not only flooding but also landslides. River flooding could be a problem in the northeastern part of the state, but the state's governor said up to 7 inches of rain in the northwestern mountains could lead to landslides.
Meanwhile in North Carolina, power outages are starting to increase along the coast. And the only route off Hatteras Island is now closed in both directions, meaning people who stayed behind instead of evacuating now have no choice but to ride out the storm.
Information from the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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