Hurricane Florence, which has begun to hit North Carolina’s coast as of early this morning. At 400 miles in diameter, the category 2 hurricane is expected to affect up to 5.25 million people, according to, and projected to create up to $60 billion in damages, AccuWeather’s Joel Myers reported.

And while the storm has weakened over the past 24 hours, it’s still bearing 105-miles-per-hour winds, NPR said. And residents even far inland in the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states are facing the very real threat of flooding from the hurricane’s rains and storm surge.