Emergency officials in Brunswick County are urging residents to stay inside.
They say fire crews won't be able to assess damages or conduct welfare checks until maybe 8 p.m. Friday. Efforts will be limited by low light visibility.
Tea Time Cafe Shallotte sheltered in place to provide food to first responders.
There is a little damage to the roof at Shallotte Fire Department Headquarters and crews are working to contain leaks.
The generator at the West Brunswick High School shelter failed, but crews are en route from Utility Ops Center.
Roads in the area are becoming impassable as trees fall and have cut off a direct route into Shallotte from Shallotte Point.
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