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 400,000 homes and businesses without power.  At 7:15 a.m., Florence made landfall at Wrightsville Beach 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. Officials said 200 people had already been rescued. 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. Craven County spokeswoman Amber Parker told ABC News that some people were trapped on their roofs. “I would say certain areas of New Bern are very desperate,” she told the network. READ MORE