Losing Speed, Tropical Storm Florence Will Continue Slowly Through The Carolinas

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A flash flood warning for all of Southeastern North Carolina, including New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties, was in effect until at least 4 p.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service said in a bulletin.

Tropical storm Florence hovered over the Carolinas and pounded the region with heavy rains Saturday, after it landed as a hurricane and left five people dead, including an infant.

Tropical Storm Florence is continuing to dump unsafe amounts of rain as it continues its slow slog across the Carolinas.

Hurricane Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm overnight.

On Thursday, Florence was a Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale with 120-mph winds (193 km).

Travel is extremely hazardous because of storm surge, Trogdon said, and will only get worse.

Morehead City, North Carolina, had received 23 inches of rain by Friday night, and forecasters warned Saturday morning that parts of the Carolinas could get up to 15 inches more.

"And we're not done yet", Graham said, adding that some hard-hit areas could get an additional 15 to 20 inches because the storm was moving so slowly.

The storm is expected to bring historic and "catastrophic" rain and flooding, the National Hurricane Center said in an 8 a.m. briefing.

"The flood danger from this storm is more immediate today than when it made landfall just over 24 hours ago", Cooper said in a statement.

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The Navy says the aircraft will make their way back beginning Saturday, and the ships will start to return Sunday.

At 5 a.m., the center was all but parked over SC, about 35 miles (55 kilometers) west of Myrtle Beach, moving west-southwest at just 5 mph (8 kph) and scooping massive amounts of moisture from the sea.

Storm Florence has battered the eastern USA coast with non-stop rain, surging seawater and howling winds.

"All school closures, except those in Horry and Georgetown counties, are right now, immediately returned to local school authorities", McMaster said. "Two people in Wilmington were killed when a tree fell on their home", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told WCNC. The storm is some 645 kilometres wide.

Forecasters say catastrophic freshwater flooding is expected over parts of North Carolina and SC ahead. CORRECTING TYPO IN CITY NAME People wait to be rescued by members of the U.S. Army during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern, North Carolina, U.S., September 14, 2018.

Storm surge was as high as 10 feet on the Neuse River, he said. Power outages are widespread, and rescue crews have used boats to reach hundreds besieged by the rising waters.

"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".

The National Weather Service warned of "life-threatening, catastrophic flash floods" as a staggering 18 trillion tons of rain could be dumped on the Mid-Atlantic through next week, enough to cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches of water.

"Very eerie, the wind howling, the rain blowing sideways, debris flying", said Orsa, who lives nearby and feared splintering trees would pummel her house.

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