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Florence continues to pound Carolinas with heavy rain

Florence continues to pound Carolinas with heavy rain”

Tropical Storm Florence, downgraded from a hurricane Friday, remains over the Grand Strand Saturday with the National Weather Service warning of potential flash flooding and storm surge. The child's injured father was taken to hospital. Officials in the town of 30,000, which dates to the early 18th century, said over 100 people were rescued from floods and the downtown was under water by Friday afternoon.

"There's a surprising [number] of people on DC Tinder from North and SC that are just here for Hurricane Florence", Tran wrote on Twitter.

"The fact is this storm is deadly and we know we are days away from an ending", Cooper said. Although the storm is passing north of Myrtle Beach, the concern now is that river water from North Carolina will flow into the area and combine with all the water that is already there.

With one grueling day behind them, the Carolinas on Friday grappled with rising water and cascading misery from a deadly and agonizingly slow-moving Tropical Storm Florence expected to linger through the weekend.

Coastal streets flowed with ocean water, and more than 460,000 homes and businesses were without power, mostly in North Carolina, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the nation's electrical grid.

The biggest danger, as forecasters saw it, was not the wind but the water: the storm surge along the coastline and the prospect of 1 to 3½ feet of rain over the next several days that could trigger catastrophic flooding in a slow-motion disaster well inland.

Two people in Lenoir County were killed: a 78-year-old Kinston man who was electrocuted when connecting extension cords in the rain and a 77-year-old man who was blown down by the wind when he went to check on his hunting dogs.

More than 760,000 customers in North Carolina were without power and 21,000 people were being housed in 157 shelters across the state.

Radar loop of Florence over the last 24 hours.

In Wilmington, numerous trees that contributed to its historic beauty are now gone.

At 5 p.m., Florence had been downgraded to a tropical storm, with sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.

Mike Seidel was shooting a live segment in Wilmington, North Carolina for the Weather Channel. Today, this band of intense, prolonged rainfall will move over areas that have already received between 5 and 15 inches of rain.

"I had a lot of fear initially but I'm glad to be inside and safe", said Zelda Allen, 74, a retired tax accountant from Hampstead, North Carolina, who was riding out the storm at Wilmington's Hotel Ballast with her husband.

The US National Weather Service has released a flash flood warning as authorities were scrambling to reach almost 150 people now stranded.

Trump ordered federal aid to supplement recovery efforts beginning September 7 in areas affected by Florence, which made landfall early Friday as a Category 1 hurricane, the White House said.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted around 2am. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU".

"This is going to be a very trying period for the state", he said."We're liable to have flash floods, bridges and roads washed out". Another 400 people were in shelters in Virginia, where forecasts were less dire.

At times, Florence was moving forward no faster than a human can walk, and it has remained such a wide storm that its counter-clockwise winds keep scooping up massive amounts of moisture from the sea.



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