Hurricane Florence has only just begun to wreak havoc along the Carolina coastlines, but already people are capturing absolutely shocking footage of the storm surges from the category 2 hurricane.
"I was really anxious about coming back to Cleveland because of the weather report", said Cheryl Hermsdorfer, a Cleveland area native who managed to book an earlier flight. "Inland flooding kills a lot of people, unfortunately, and that's what we're about to see", he said.
A hurricane watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, SC, to South Santee River, SC.
The National Hurricane Center warned the threat of tornadoes was increasing as Florence neared shore and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said the heavy rains could trigger landslides in the western part of his state.
"Starting tonight until the duration, if you can stay put, stay where you are", Rogers said.
More significant weakening was expected over the weekend and into early next week while Florence moves inland, the NHC said.
The damage is much more widespread-and while Florence's main targets appear to be the Carolinas, the storm could bring flooding to parts of Georgia and Virginia as well.
Over 1,400 flights have been cancelled, according to FlightAware.com, as most of the coastal region's airports are closed to ride out the storm.
The path of Hurricane Florence sees it going over some of the poorest areas on the eastern seaboard.
He said he usually doesn't make the pizzas himself, but he was on Thursday because "everybody is scared", including most of his staff. That's enough water to fill the Empire State Building almost 40,000 times.
North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons (36 trillion liters), enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches (25 centimeters). Because when flowing river waters meet the ocean surge, there's really nowhere else for the water to go. The few cars out on a main street in Wilmington had to swerve to avoid fallen trees, metal debris and power lines.
The Wilmington airport had a wind gust clocked at 105 miles per hour (169 kph), the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958.
Some minor flooding was reported on the Outer Banks - barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina - and in some seaside coastal towns, as more than 110,000 power outages were reported statewide.
"Currently ~150 awaiting rescue in New Bern".
Seas have risen from global warming, making all of this even worse. "Time is running out.Power will be out for a long time, think about what you need".
"The wind was so hard, the waters were so hard, that trying to get out we got thrown into trailers". Another guy agreed, writing, "we've already roasted Florence from a possible 5 to a 2, and made it move track from straight thru NC to SC, why not keep doing it and maybe it'll just die down completely". She retreated and was eventually rescued by a boat crew; 140 more awaited assistance.
"Honestly, I grew up in Wilmington".
But a year ago, even with hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, no one in the United States died of storm surge, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced.