Hurricane Florence has made landfall on the US East Coast, bringing with it winds, heavy rains and warnings of catastrophic floods.
The centre of the storm struck Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina, with gales of up to 90mph .
Scores of people are currently waiting to be rescued in the city of New Bern.
Evacuation warnings are in place for more than a million people.
The governor of North Carolina said surviving the storm would be a test of “endurance, teamwork, common sense, and patience”.