Viral 'Take a Listen!': Hurricane Florence Rages Off NC Coast, Battering Offshore Tower
A livestream from a historic maritime beacon dozens of miles offshore from Bald Head Island, North Carolina showed Hurricane Florence's wrath up close, as the storm heads toward the mainland.
Bret Baier aired video of Frying Pan Tower, in Frying Pan Shoals off Cape Fear, where winds and rain whipped the remnants of an American flag that had flown intact only hours earlier.
The tower is home to a decommissioned lighthouse built in the 1960s that warned sailors of the dangerous shoals and shifting sandbars that embody the name Cape Fear.
"Look at that flag," Baier said. "Take a listen."
The beacon near the mouth of the Cape Fear River was rendered obsolete in the age of GPS and other navigational systems, but has become home to a unique nautical ecosystem since being sold to a Charlotte man.
A few miles north of the Frying Pan beacon, Rick Leventhal reported live from Wrightsville Beach where many residents have already packed up and left.
Leventhal previously reported that officials will be closing the bridge that carries US Highway 74 from mainland New Hanover County onto the beach.
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Fox News meteorologist Rick Reichmuth said "copious amounts of rainfall" are expected from Florence, and aired a weather map showing a tornado watch affecting areas from Manteo in the Outer Banks southwestward toward Burgaw, several miles inland from Wilmington.
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Reichmuth showed the latest projected path of Florence, showing it coming ashore in coastal North Carolina and possibly making a southward turn toward Florence, S.C. and vicinity.
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