CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The number of NC residents without power is now over 150,000, according to the Department of Public Safety.
The outages were announced just after 11:00 p.m. on Thursday as Hurricane Florence closed in on the coast.
Power outages, flooding and storm surge were the main concerns for the state as the Cat. 1 storm moved in. Several residents fled the coast under both mandatory and voluntary evacuations.
The Charlotte area is expected to see heavy rain and 30-40 mph winds in the coming days, which could cause power outages and flooding in certain areas.
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