Hurricane Florence leaves hundreds of thousands without power
Report: Hurricane Florence causing power outages
Fox News' Ray Bogan reports on Hurricane Florence from Wilmington, North Carolina.
Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday morning, darkening the sky -- and many of the homes -- in the Carolinas.
The highest concentrations of power outages were in Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Duplin, New Hanover, Oslow, Pender, Robeson, Sampson, Wake and Wayne counties.
About 3 million Duke Energy customers could lose power in the Carolinas, the utility told Fox News. Duke Energy represents about 75 percent of customers in the region.
The company has enlisted more than 10,000 employees, including 1,700 workers from the Midwest and 1,200 from Florida to help in the relief efforts to get the power turned back on as quickly as possible.
Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane as it made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. However, officials warned storm surge could potentially cause catastrophic damage.
Fox News Jennifer Girdon and Ray Bogan contributed to this report.