Posted: Sep 13, 2018 06:33 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 15, 2018 01:34 AM EDT
A tree leaning against a house in Sneads Ferry.
People in Wilmington clean debris away from the storm drains. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Volunteer Amber Hersel from the Civilian Crisis Response Team carries 7-year-old Keiyana Cromartie after she and her family were rescued from their flooded home in James City. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Members of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 4 from Oakland, California, search a flooded neighborhood for evacuees during Hurricane Florence n Fairfield Harbour. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Jacob Fernandez and Josh Fernandez (L-R) play around on the tree that fell near their home as Hurricane Florence passed through the area on September 14 in Bolivia, North Carolina. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
A North Carolina National Guard truck drives underneath a fallen tree that is suspended by power lines blown down by Hurricane Florence in New Bern. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
A fire truck drives past a large tree blown over by Hurricane Florence in Wilmington. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Residents try to prepare for more floodwaters at the Trent Court public housing apartments after the Neuse River went over its banks.
The Trent River (background) overflows its banks and floods a neighborhood.
NEW BERN, NC - SEPTEMBER 13: Men pack their belongings after evacuating their house after the Neuse River went over its banks and flooded their street.
Michael Nelson floats in a boat made from a metal tub and fishing floats after the Neuse River went over its banks and flooded his street.
Portions of a boat dock and boardwalk are destroyed by powerful wind and waves as Hurricane Florence arrives in Atlantic Beach.
Diamond Dillahunt, 2-year-old Ta-Layah Koonce and Shkoel Collins survey the flooding at the Trent Court public housing apartments after the Neuse River topped its banks during Hurricane Florence in New Bern.
A sign warns people away from Union Point Park after is was flooded by the Neuse River during Hurricane Florence.
Floodwater covers the walkway to the Bridgepointe Hotel and Marina as the Neuse River floods its banks during Hurricane Florence in James City.
Flash flooding covers the road in low-lying areas as the outer edges of Hurricane Florence begin to affect the coast in Atlantic Beach.
Trees were knocked down by the storm in New Bern Thursday.
The tide was high in Morehead City ahead of the storm.
Buddy Dozier (L) and his son Harris Dozier remove some boards from his new dock to hopefully let water vent through, as storm surge from Hurricane Florence is expected to hit Wilmington.
Waves crash around the Oceana Pier as the outer edges of Hurricane Florence being to affect the coast in Atlantic Beach, United States.
Surf City Police officers prepare to go on patrol after roll call as Hurricane Florence approaches the area Thursday.
MYRTLE BEACH, SC - SEPTEMBER 12: A sign reads "Go Away Florence" ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence on September 12, 2018 in Myrtle Beach.
The bridge to North Topsail Beach.
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC- SEPTEMBER 12: Boats sit on racks at the Wrightsville Yacht Club as Hurricane Florence approaches the area, on September 12, 2018 in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Hurricane Florence is expected on Friday possibly as a category 4 storm along the North Carolina and South Carolina coastline. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Speedway Gas Station shut down ahead of the storm.
Businesses are boarded up and scrawled with messages before the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Morehead City.
City of Greenville's Emergency Operations Center
Military Humvees are parked in a port before the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Morehead City.
Atlantic Beach Thursday morning.
Al Brookins of Havelock, North Carolina, poses with his shirt that lists some of the previous hurricanes he has lived through while taking a stroll on the beach before the arrival of Hurricane Florence September 12, 2018 in Atlantic Beach.
Atlantic Beach Bridge Closed
ATLANTIC BEACH, NC - SEPTEMBER 13: Atlantic Beach Police officers scan the beach ahead of a 10 a.m. curfew before the arrival of Hurricane Florence on September 13, 2018 in Atlantic Beach, United States. Coastal cities in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virgnia are under evacuation orders as the Category 3 hurricane approaches the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)