(Washington Examiner) Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina shortly after 7 a.m. Friday, but had already caused massive flooding and left hundreds of thousands without power as the storm approached overnight.

The storm was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane late Thursday night, but flooding was quickly becoming the major issue. North Carolina towns New Bern, Havelock, Morehead City and others along the coast are all under a flash flood warning until 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Morehead City.

The storm’s slow movement was expected to make things worse, allowing more rain to be dumped in the area.

Meanwhile, there were more than 320,000 known power outages as of early Friday morning as storm winds reached almost 100 mph.

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