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Nearly 200,000 are reportedly without power as Hurricane Florence batters North Carolina

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Report: Hurricane Florence caused by power failure

Fox News’ Ray Bogan reports on Hurricane Florence of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Almost 200,000 people are without power in North Carolina, as Hurricane Florence struck the region with strong winds and heavy rainfall.

From 3 pm local time on Friday, 185,312 residents were without power, according to ABC 11.

Most of those affected live in Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Pamlico, Pender and Onslow counties in the vicinity of the coast, the station reported.

The storm was downgraded late Thursday to a Category 1, such as the North Carolina coast was hit by hurricane-force winds and a life-threatening storm surge.

In addition to the power outages, the authorities work with federal responders to rescue at least 150 residents who reported stranded in Florence storm surge.

The National Hurricane Center said that around 4 a.m. that the eyewall of the storm is beginning to reach the coast of North Carolina.

Benjamin Brown is a reporter from Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.

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