Hurricane Florence Arrives, Threatening Destruction
Hurricane Florence has landed on the US East Coast, with winds, heavy rains and warnings of "catastrophic" floods accompanying it.
Its slow pace and overwhelming storm surges mean hours and hours of destruction and human suffering – with dozens desperately waiting to be rescued in one flooded city alone.
The centre of the storm hit Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina, with winds of up to 90 mph.
Its outer bands have already flooded coastal areas. Scores of people are currently awaiting rescue in the city of New Bern, report the BBC and CNN.
Evacuation warnings have been given to for more than a million people.
Nearly 500,000 power outages have been reported across North Carolina, according to the state's emergency management agency.
The governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, said surviving the storm would be a test of "endurance, teamwork, common sense, and patience."
"This is an uninvited brute that just won't leave," Cooper told NBC on Friday.
National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear said eight months' worth of rain is likely to thrash North Carolina in two to three days.
Thousands of miles away, meanwhile, a huge typhoon is moving toward the Philippines. More than 5 million people are in the way of Super Typhoon Mangkhut, officials say.