CHARLOTTE, N.C — Nearly 800,000 people are without power in North Carolina as Tropical Storm Florence continues to pound the coast with devastating storm surge, catastrophic flooding and high winds.
North Carolina Emergency Management tweeted the highest concentration of outages in New Hanover, Brunswick, Wake, Onslow and Carteret counties.
Areas along the South Carolina coast, including Myrtle Beach, reported power outages Friday morning and early afternoon. The CEO of the York Electric Cooperative in South Carolina told NBC Charlotte that crews are on standby in Mississippi to assist with any outages. York County crews have been trimming trees in an effort to reduce the number of limbs that could fall on power lines during the storm.
To find out the latest on power outages from the various power companies serving North Carolina you can check out the NC Emergency Management website.
The number of outages is expected to keep growing. The Weather Channel estimated that up to three million customers might lose power in the Carolinas due to Florence.