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North Carolina hotel evacuated mid-storm

Hurricane-force winds and heavy rains whipped the Wilmington, N.C. area, causing a hotel to be evacuated early Friday morning.

A hotel in Jacksonville, North Carolina has been evacuated because of "life-threatening damage" caused by Hurricane Florence.

The evacuation, which took place in the early morning hours of Friday, involved over 70 people taking shelter in the Triangle Motor Inn on Wilmington Hwy.

Police arriving on the scene found a basketball sized hole in a corner room and cinder blocks crumbling away in other locations. Portions of the roof had collapsed, allowing rain to pour into some rooms. The damage was considered as life-threatening.

Using a host of vehicles Jacksonville, NC Fire and Emergency Services transported 70 occupants, including an infant, children and pets to a temporary space in a public safety building in Wilmington. The convoy of vehicles drove through hurricane conditions to find safety.

For the latest on the storm and an interactive hurricane tracking map, visit the CBS12 Hurricane Center.

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