Power outages from Hurricane Florence, which made landfall this morning in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, have topped 500,000 customers.
More than 600,000 people without power as Florence, downgraded to tropical storm, continues to lash Carolinas
Officials warn Hurricane Florence could kill "a lot of people" as it hits the US East Coast.
Forecasters say the storm, despite being downgraded to Category 1, remains dangerous.
Hundreds of people are awaiting rescue from their homes as flood waters continue to rise from Hurricane Florence.
Florence made landfall Friday morning having already driven dangerous storm surges of several feet. Water rescues were underway.
Blowing ashore with howling 155 km/h winds, the former hurricane known as Florence splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast.
Jeff Flock reports from Carolina Beach on the power surges.