LIVE: Watch Hurricane Florence from Frying Pan Tower off North Carolina coast

LIVE: Watch Hurricane Florence from Frying Pan Tower off North Carolina coast

September 13th, 2018 by Associated Press and Staff Report in Breaking News

UPDATE at 8:45 p.m.: Several hours into the stream, the video turned grainy and gradually became darker until the flag and ocean could no longer be seen.

That hasn't hindered the video's comment section, though, where many viewers seem confident that the flag - called Kevin by several commenters - will weather the storm. A Twitter account has also been created for the flag.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Viewers can watch live footage of Hurricane Florence raging toward the North Carolina coast from a camera set up at Frying Pan Tower.

The live camera, powered by EXPLORE.org, started streaming Thursday afternoon as the weather started shifting 34 miles off the coast.

A U.S. flag can be seen in this screenshot from a camera set up at Frying Pan Tower off the North Carolina coast. Viewers can watch live footage of Hurricane Florence as it rages toward the U.S.

A U.S. flag can be seen in this...

Photo by Frying Pan Ocean Cam powered by EXPLORE.org / YouTube.com

The livestream features an American flag that has become torn in multiple spots during violent winds.

Florence's winds weakened as it neared land, dropping from a peak of 140 mph (225 kph) earlier in the week. The hurricane was also downgraded from a Category 4 to a 2.

Forecasters' European climate model is predicting 2 trillion to 11 trillion gallons of rain will fall on North Carolina over the next week, according to meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com.

More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate over the past few days, and the homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.


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