Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina (CNN)
North Carolina dealt with widespread power outages, flooding, and damage Saturday morning as Hurricane Irene continued its northward trek along the East Coast, with Norfolk, Virginia, and the Hampton Roads area next in its sights.
Irene made landfall about 7:30 a.m. Saturday near Cape Lookout, North Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center, bringing high winds, heavy rain and a flooding storm surge that cut off thousands of residents in Beaufort, Carteret and Pamlico counties, the state Emergency Management Agency reported.
About 550,000 power customers were without electricity in North Carolina and Virginia because of the storm Friday afternoon, according to state and utility reports.
The storm ripped off roofs and caused other damage to homes and businesses in Hyde and Jones counties, according to the agency. A tornado spawned Irene destroyed five homes and and seriously damaged a business in Tyrrell County, Sheriff Darryl Liverman told CNN affiliate WITN. Vance County authorities published photos of a home damaged when a tree fell on it and crashed through a bedroom ceiling. It was unclear if anyone was injured.
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