And cameras aboard the International Space Station managed to catch incredible footage just a few minutes after the storm's landfall.
Florence could become a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared a year ago for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where the death toll was put at almost 3,000.
Officials have said it appeared that most residents heeded warnings to leave the region as Florence, at one time a major, Category 4 hurricane, approached North Carolina.
Rain is forecast to continue through the weekend, bringing risky flooding conditions to many areas of North Carolina.
A North Carolina city situated between two rivers says it has around 150 people waiting to be rescued from rising flood waters from Hurricane Florence.
"The town is a mess, but for most people it will just be a matter of cleaning up", he said. "Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-priced loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster", the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said in a press release.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has been lashed by torrential rains and near-hurricane force winds, CBS News correspondent Don Dahler reported.
He said residents should "expect flooding and potential landslides tonight and into Monday", and warned against driving in the water "no matter how confident you feel or how much you want to get out of the house".
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This image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. The European Space Agency's astronaut , the German Alexander Gerst, called the hurricane a "no-kidding nightmare".
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The customer handed the punnet in to Sutherland Area Police Command, where it will undergo forensic testing. They are working with retailers to remove all stock from the affected date are removed from sale.
"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted around 2am.
With tropical storm-force winds swirling 350 miles (560 kilometers) wide, Florence continued deluging the Carolinas on Saturday morning after pushing surging seas far ashore. Areas like New Bern also could see an additional 3 to 5 feet of storm surge as high tide combines with the seawater still being pushed ashore by Florence, Graham said.
More than 22,000 people fleeing the storm have taken shelter at 157 shelters open across the state.
The National Weather Service says 14 to 15 inches of rain has already fallen north of Swansboro, North Carolina.
Top sustained winds are now about 100 km/h and the storm is moving to the west-southwest at 7 km/h - a track that is expected to continue through early Saturday. The video shows The Weather Channel's Mike Seidel reporting from Wilmington in North Carolina, USA, reports AJC.
Rescue workers rush a man to an ambulance after a giant tree fell on a house in Wilmington, N.C.as Hurricane Florence came ashore, September 14, 2018.
"I've been through hurricanes before", he says. The storm has already killed five people and battered homes along the Carolina coast.
The storm is expected to bring historic and "catastrophic" rain and flooding, the National Hurricane Center said in an 8 a.m. briefing.
"Life-threatening storm surge will continue along portions of the North Carolina coast through today, and also along the Neuse and Pamlico Sound, where rainfall and fresh water flooding will also contribute to high water levels", the update read. Both Wilmington International Airport and Fort Macon suffered gusts of 105 miles per hour, the National Weather Service said.