"Hurricane Florence lashed the North Carolina coast early Friday morning, leaving major flooding, damage to homes and businesses, at least 150 people stranded in storm surge and more than 300,000 homes and businesses without power.
At 6 a.m., Florence was nearing landfall with 90-mph winds, heavy surf and torrential rain that triggered flooding and knocked down trees and power lines.
Some 150 people were awaiting rescue in New Bern early Friday morning. Nearly 200 people had already been rescued, according to Colleen Roberts, a city public information officer. New Bern, a city of about 30,000 residents, saw significant storm surge flooding after the Neuse River overflowed its banks and swept into the town."