POWER IS OUT IN NORTH CAROLINA BEFORE STORM FLORENCE HITS

A view of Hurricane Florence is shown churning in the Atlantic Ocean in a west, north-westerly direction heading for the eastern coastline of the United States, taken by cameras outside the International Space Station, September 12, 2018. NASA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Tens of thousands of people have no power in North Carolina – before a huge hurricane even hits the US coast.

Storm Florence is carrying winds of nearly 100 miles per hour and heavy rain with forecasters warning people to expect “catastrophic flooding” in parts of the Carolinas.

It’s weakened to a Category 1 storm, but South Carolina’s Governor Henry McMaster has told residents not to be fooled and to still be careful.

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