Hurricane Florence Dumps 'Epic Amounts of Rainfall' On US States

It remains a Category 1 hurricane with top sustained winds of 80 miles per hour, but stronger wind gusts have been reported.

Some towns have already had more than 60-centimetres of rain, and forecasters warn that totals could hit one-metre.

When Florence started battering eastern North Carolina, the Neuse and Trent rivers began to swell. Dozens more were pulled from a collapsed motel.

In Hampstead, North Carolina, emergency responders going to a call for cardiac arrest found their path blocked by downed trees.

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. A 78-year-old man was killed while trying to connect extension cords outside in the rain, ABC News reported, citing Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Roger Dail.

It diminished from hurricane force as it came ashore, but forecasters said the 350-mile-wide storm's slow progress across North and SC could leave much of the region under water in the coming days.

Properties within one mile of the river were hastily evacuated on Saturday.

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Ex-hurricane Florence's top sustained winds have weakened to 80-kilometres-per-hour but it's projected to bring further catastrophic flash flooding. It came ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a tropical storm but flooding and heavy rain are still a danger to residents of the Carolinas, weather officials say.

Heavy rain and flooding are expected to continue at least through the weekend, and local officials said hundreds in areas hit by Florence still need rescue.

There is really nowhere for the water to go.

Power outages mounted until almost 700,000 customers were in the dark in North Carolina alone. With Florence, it'll be the same amount of rainfall in three days.

By Friday evening, the center of the storm had moved to eastern SC, about 15 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

A North Carolina city says about 70 people have been rescued from a hotel whose structural integrity is being threatened by Hurricane Florence.

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Two fins were spotted in the high water in Wilmington.

Volunteers from all over North Carolina help to rescue residents from their flooded homes during Hurricane Florence September 14, 2018, in New Bern, North Carolina.

Authorities warned, too, of the threat of mudslides and the risk of an environmental disaster from floodwaters washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms. Forecasters said the storm will eventually break up over the southern Appalachians and make a sharp rightward swing to the northeast, its rainy remnants moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England by the middle of the week.

Evacuation orders have been lifted in several coastal SC counties as Florence continues to dump rain on the state. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimeters) of water, he calculated.

The rest of SC into western North Carolina and southwest Virginia is expected to report 5 to 10 inches of additional rainfall, with isolated cases of 15 inches. More than 26,000 hunkered down in shelters.

Wind speeds are kicking up far from the coast in central SC as Hurricane Florence slowly makes its way along the coast.

The Neuse is expected to crest at more than nine feet (3 meters) above flood stage Monday and Sheehan said the company expects the same ash basins are likely to be inundated again. "That's why we've been preaching to people that you have to get away from the water". "It's making it hard for us to move valuable resources to areas in need". Many of them are boat owners, who help rescue stricken flood victims. "We have two boats and all our worldly possessions", said Susan Patchkofsky, who refused her family's pleas to evacuate and stayed at Emerald Isle with her husband.

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In New Bern, along the coast, homes were completely surrounded by water, and rescuers used inflatable boats to reach people Saturday.

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