Hurricane Florence has made landfall on the US East Coast, bringing with it winds, heavy rains and potentially “catastrophic” floods.
The centre of the storm struck Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina, with gales of up to 90mph (150 km/h).
Rains and surging seas have already inundated coastal areas. More than 60 people were rescued from a collapsing hotel in North Carolina overnight.
Evacuation warnings are in place for more than a million people.
Over half a million power outages have been reported across North Carolina, according to the state’s emergency management agency