Hurricane Florence lumbered ashore in North Carolina with howling 90 miles per hour winds and terrifying storm surge early Friday, ripping apart buildings and knocking out power to a half-million homes and businesses as it settled in for what could be a long and extraordinarily destructive drenching.
He confirmed that due to rising waters, some people are waiting for rescue in their attics and on their roofs. The family is hoping for the best, given the potential threats the hurricane poses to lives and properties.
"You can't get over till we have power and we have sewer up and running", said the retired teacher and real estate agent, who rode out the hurricane in an inland hotel.
As the giant, 644km/hr hurricane pounded away, it unloaded heavy rain, flattened trees, chewed up roads and knocked out power to more than 600,000 homes and businesses.
Anheuser-Busch is sending more than 300,000 cans of drinking water in six truckloads to North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia from its brewery in Cartersville, Georgia, the company said in a press release.
More than 370,000 people were without power in North Carolina early on Friday, state officials said.
Vicki Moulson, who teaches at a local community college in the Outer Banks, said she was planning to ride out the hurricane because she wants to be near her home and her friends.
As of 6 a.m., Florence was 10 miles (20 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina. Wilmington is expected to get battered before the storm drifts south.
Wilmington should be ready for a prolonged and devastating impact as Hurricane Florence roars over Southeastern North Carolina on Friday. By that time, emergency crews had already been deployed to parts of the state where people were trapped by floodwaters.
The city of New Bern, N.C., reports that some 150 people were awaiting rescue there.
"We already bought candles, batteries, can food items, water and so on".
In South Carolina, a shelter at Goose Creek High School in Charleston County was similarly full by Thursday night.
Officials in South Carolina's Craven County say conditions are much worse than some residents expected, with almost 500 people calling the local emergency services hotline asking for help.
Early on Friday, South Carolina emergency officials said there was still time, "but not a lot of time" for people to leave flood-prone areas. Fortunately for House, he says this storm should not be a devastating event for the beach town in terms of loss of life.
A woman and her child died after a tree fell on their house in Wilmington, North Carolina, the first reported fatalities from Hurricane Florence, which made landfall earlier on Friday.