Aerial video taken during the eye of the storm exposes destruction to homes and vehicles

LIVE STORM MEDIA / Credit: Brian Emfinger, Jason Harris, Gary Schmitt

WASHINGTON (Circa/AP) - When the eye of the hurricane crossed over Myrtle Grove, North Carolina, video taken from a drone revealed the severe damage some areas have experienced.

Florence ripped apart buildings and knocked out power to a half-million homes and businesses as it settled in for what could be a long and extraordinarily destructive drenching.

Cars could be seen turned on their sides or lay on top of fallen trees. Some trees were partially uprooted or laying across the width of the front yard.

Residents emerged in some areas to cut up the trees blocking the street. While in other spots, stoplights dangled nearly touching the roadway.

More than 60 people had to be pulled from a collapsing motel at the height of the storm, and many more who defied evacuation orders held out hope of being rescued. Pieces of torn-apart buildings flew through the air.

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Vehicles had body damage caused by debris caught in the Hurricane's high winds. A nearby gas station was completely destroyed.

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