Florence expected to weaken as flood risk rises

'Relentless rains' continue as Florence nearly stalls over Carolinas

'Relentless rains' continue as Florence nearly stalls over Carolinas

The weather service later measured a storm surge 10 feet deep in the city, which lies on the Neuse River near the Atlantic coast. But even before the storm made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane on Friday, experts were warning that low-income neighborhoods were already poised to bear the brunt of its ruination.

Florence continues to bring rains and threaten lives on the east coast of the United States even after it was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm after making landfall. That means the storm could easily drop 40 inches of rain in some spots.

Authorities in North Carolina said almost 814,000 customers were without power. "This rainfall will continue to produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", the advisory said.

Relief will not come quickly. The rivers are in most cases several days from cresting.

Here is the latest on the storm from Gray TV affiliate WITN out of Greenville, N.C.

That's the new North Carolina record for most rainfall from a single tropical system. But it was clear that this was really about the water, not the wind. However, as US Presidents Trump says, "fake news".

What do we know of the victims?

With the center of the storm still at sea early Friday, scores of residents had to be rescued from homes and the tops of cars in New Bern, North Carolina.

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

More than 360 people had been rescued by midafternoon Friday, but another 140 were still waiting for help, city spokeswoman Colleen Roberts said. Duke Energy, the area's biggest utility company, said that figure could rise to three million and restoring power could take weeks.

Sixty-seven-year-old Sadie Marie Holt was among those rescued Friday. Local media said she suffered a heart attack.

"The wind was so hard, the waters were so hard, that trying to get out we got thrown into trailers". We got thrown into mailboxes. "Houses. Trees", Holt said.

Florence was drifting westward over SC, reaching about 25 miles southeast of Columbia S.C.at 2 a.m. Sunday, the NHC said.

Meanwhile, tragedy struck one family in Wilmington when a tree fell on a house; a mother and a child were killed.

In Lenoir County, North Carolina a person died while plugging in a generator. A man died in Kinston, North Carolina when he was overtaken by strong winds.

Charley English of the American Red Cross said anyone wondering how to help from afar can donate blood, registering first at their local Red Cross websites.

Interested in Hurricane Florence?

"Be extremely careful and stay alert".

"Honestly, I'm not sure" why some people refused to follow evacuation orders, David Cotton, county manager for North Carolina's Onslow County, told "Good Morning America" on Saturday.

"Flood waters are rising, & if you aren't watching for them, you are risking life".

Usually hurricanes this far north deliver their punch and quickly leave town. But its progress had slowed to a crawl of 5 miles per hour.

SC authorities reported one death.

The coast has been battered, and the mountains appear to be next.

Landslides are also possible in the higher terrain of the southern and central Appalachias across western North Carolina into southwestern Virginia as Florence moves inland.

Forecasters said this onslaught could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas.

"Our friend behind our old house, they have gators swimming in the water".

The story, which is no longer the top story on the site, falsely states the Myrtle Beach authorities announced they were done responding to emergency calls until conditions improved.

Information from The Associated Press was included in this story.

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