Hundreds of thousands of people are without power in North Carolina.
The total number of outages in the state is about 538,000, according to North Carolina Emergency Management.
Statewide power outage total at 8 pm is 538,577 with the highest concentration in New Hanover, Brunswick, Carteret, Onslow and Robeson counties. Get updates: https://t.co/Yx3twhyOqj
— NC Emergency Managem (@NCEmergency) September 17, 2018
The most affected counties include New Hanover, Brunswick, Carteret, Cumberland and Robeson counties.
With storm surge warnings and watches for much of the state’s coast, it is possible to see those numbers grow as the hurricane nears.