'It's like a bomb has gone off here': Stranded residents hunker down as Florence hammers NC

 09/14/2018 10:08 AM MDT

As Hurricane Florence hammers North Carolina's coastline with rain and wind, first responders are scrambling to rescue residents who didn't heed evacuation orders and are now stranded in their homes, cars and even on rooftops amid rising floodwaters.

About 200 residents in the coastal town of New Bern have been rescued so far and were taken to shelters. Another 150 are awaiting rescue as the dangerous Category 1 hurricane moved ashore early Friday morning, according to New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw.

"It's very unsafe. I immediately spoke with the police chief and we decided we need a 24-hour curfew," Outlaw said in an interview on "Good Morning America."

"It's just a very, very dangerous situation right now for New Bern," he added.

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