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

A town spokesman said between 60 and 75 people were awaiting rescue on Saturday. Rains have been relentless, and Florence continues to dump a "catastrophic" amount of water in its path.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said Florence was set to cover nearly all of the state in several feet of water. As all that run-off fills rivers, the damage will only worsen. But the center continued to warn about the threat of water. "The storm is wreaking havoc on our state".

"Florence slowly weakening just inland over eastern SC but causing catastrophic flooding over North and SC", the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said early Saturday morning, after downgrading it from a hurricane to a tropical storm the previous day.

On Friday, coastal streets in the Carolinas flowed with frothy ocean water, pieces of torn-apart buildings flew through the air, and at least 525,000 homes and businesses were without power, almost all of them in North Carolina. "I love hurricanes. But this one has been an experience for me", she said. "It's been occurring all night".

Hurricane Florence will slow down as it approaches the coast and moves inland.

The reports came just hours after Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15am local time (11:30 GMT) at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington, as the centre of its eye moved onshore, the National Hurricane Center said.

Satellites will continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Florence from space to make more accurate predictions about where it's heading next. "Florence's 18 trillion gallons is as much water as there is in the entire Chesapeake Bay", its article says. The U.S. Geological Survey maintains the gauges, which during storm can get battered and cause faulty readings.


Storm surge was as high as 10 feet on the Neuse River, he said. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the authorities in New Bern said on Twitter.

Nearly 20,000 people had taken refuge in 157 emergency shelters, Mr Cooper said. Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it was unclear how many did. It's the most powerful storm of 2018 so far. Before daybreak, resident Mitchell Foor arrived with a generator, cranking up the hotels ice and coffee machines.

"I firmly believe in Karma", said Foor, who helped rescue 100 victims after Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

As 400-mile-wide (645-kilometer-wide) Florence pounded away at the coast with torrential downpours and surging seas, rescue crews used boats to reach more than 360 people besieged by rising waters in New Bern, North Carolina, while many of their neighbors awaited help. On the waterfront the wind was blowing hard along the sand, whipping it into the air. He urged residents to stay inside and not get in the way of emergency workers.

Officials say two people died in Lenoir County.

Hurricane Florence has begun battering it's way through the North Carolina coastline with heavy rain and high winds in what people fear could lead to the deaths of "a lot of people".

Parts of West-central Virginia and far eastern West Virginia will see "life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding, along with an elevated risk for landslides", according to the agency. As of 5 a.m. Saturday, the storm's center was about 35 miles west of Myrtle Beach, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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