The US has begun feeling the wrath of Hurricane Florence, flooding towns in North Carolina and leaving more than 100,000 people without power.
The storm has been described as the worst of a generation and is expected to bring widespread devastation.
The National Hurricane Centre said Florence is now lashing the North Carolina coast with hurricane-force winds and a life-threatening storm surge. It said the threat of freshwater flooding will increase in coming hours and days from the storm's heavy rains.
We spoke to two families who both decided to stay in their homes in North Carolina during the hurricane, despite the warnings from authorities to get out.
Forecasters say the centre of Florence is expected to move inland between Friday and Saturday.
Get the latest from Good Morning Britain Correspondent Nick Dixon.