Tropical Storm Florence crawls inland as it batters North and SC

Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a tropical storm by the National Hurricane Center but authorities warned the danger was far from over predicting that “life-threatening storm surges and strong winds” would persist through the night. Ph

Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a tropical storm by the National Hurricane Center but authorities warned the danger was far from over predicting that “life-threatening storm surges and strong winds” would persist through the night. Ph

Five people died on Friday, including a mother and baby who died in Wilmington.

Florence is now a tropical storm, having been downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane since making landfall Friday on the North Carolina coast. Officials in South Carolina's Craven County say conditions are much worse than some residents expected, with almost 500 people calling the local emergency services hotline asking for help.

Flash-flood emergencies - the most critical category of flood warning - have been in effect for several counties in southeast North Carolina since Friday night.

A fallen tree lies atop the crushed roof of a fast food restaurant after the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S., September 14, 2018.

"The fact is this storm is deadly and we know we are days away from an ending", Cooper said.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm would dump as much as 30 to 40 inches (76-102 cm) of rain on the southeastern coast of North Carolina and part of northeastern SC, as well as up to 10 inches (25 cm) in southwestern Virginia. About 10 million people could be affected by the storm and more than 1 million were ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia.

In the coming days, Florence's path and pace may cause it to send storm bands back over areas already hammered by heavy rain - what's known as training - dumping even more water and making conditions even more hazardous for both residents and rescuers.

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.

It has trapped people in flooded homes, with citizen swift-water rescue teams from out of state joining local emergency professionals around the clock to try and bring them to safety.

Jacob Fernandez (left) and Josh Fernandez play around on the tree that fell near their home as Hurricane Florence passed through the area on Friday in Bolivia, N.C. It blew ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline. About 210,000 people were staying in 170 shelters in the Carolinas.

By Saturday morning, top sustained winds had weakened to 50 mph as it moved farther inland at 2 mph about 35 miles west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

It was downgraded to Category 1 before coming ashore on Friday near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina.

In New Bern, at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers in North Carolina, the storm surge overwhelmed the town of 30,000.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper described the hurricane as likely to "continue its violent grind for days" and described the severity of the downfalls as a "1,000 year event".

"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", Ballance said. He said that heat waves render the sea surface temperature in the Atlantic "bathtub-level warm" and as the ocean heat waves become more frequent, ocean waves are likewise increasing in frequency and intensity.

In Wilmington, near where the eye of the hurricane touched down, trees and power lines were felled and many windows were broken.

New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw told The Durham Herald-Sun around 5am that about 200 people had been rescued so far.

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

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