Florence weakens into depression, heads north

Florence weakens into depression, heads north

Florence weakens into depression, heads north

Some roads were closed by rushing water Saturday night while others were blocked off by toppled trees, felled by saturated soil and strong winds, the Charlotte Observer said.

Around 50 stranded people were airlifted by helicopter in North Carolina, said Petty Officer Michael Himes of the U.S. Coast Guard.

10 people have died in North Carolina and five died in SC.

Florence set a state record for rain from a hurricane, surpassing the previous high of 24 inches (61 cm) from Hurricane Floyd which killed 56 people in 1999, said Bryce Link, a meteorologist with private forecasting service DTN Marine Weather.

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Deadly storm Florence drenched North and SC with yet more downpours on Sunday, damaging tens of thousands of homes and threatening worse flooding as rivers fill to bursting point. Click through to see how the unsafe storm left the Carolinas.

Downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical depression, Florence sneered its disdain for labels, dropping millions of gallons of rainwater and swelling rivers in North Carolina to potentially catastrophic levels.

More than 641,000 homes and businesses were without electricity in North and SC and surrounding states, down from a peak of almost 1 million.

Weakened to a tropical depression early Sunday after blowing ashore as a hurricane with 90 miles per hour (145 kph) winds on Friday, Florence was still spinning slowly atop the Carolinas as it pulled warm water from the ocean and hurled it onshore. 'And numerous rivers will see prolonged flooding, some not cresting for a few days'. "We want you home but you can't come yet".

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"I can not overstate it: Floodwaters are rising, and if you aren't watching for them, you are risking your life", Governor Roy Cooper said. "They have not even begun (to crest)".

30-year-old Rhonda R. Hartley died early Sunday after driving a pickup truck into standing water near Gilbert, South Carolina, losing control and hitting a tree, according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Despite the decrease in wind speeds, heavy rains still a pose a major flooding threat to both North and SC. They included three who died "due to flash flooding and swift water on roadways", the Duplin County Sheriff's Office reported. "We don't have any control over this amount of water", she said, warning residents it was time think about heading out: "We suggest that if you have the ability to seek shelter elsewhere, you should do so". The storm was moving at 10 miles per hour (16 kph), with its center expected to cross the western Carolinas during Sunday and the Ohio Valley and Northeast United States on Monday and Tuesday.

The White House said President Donald Trump would visit the storm-ravaged region in the coming days, but only after it is determined his arrival would not disrupt continuing rescue and recovery efforts.

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Tornadoes remain a threat, with the NHC saying that "a few tornadoes are possible in southeastern North Carolina and northeastern SC".

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