Florence, a wet and unwanted visitor, besieges Carolinas

Florence, a wet and unwanted visitor, besieges Carolinas

At least four deaths have been reported in North Carolina and more than 720,000 people are without power.

In an update published at 5:33 a.m. ET on Saturday, the agency said that the storm is now striking SC and has a path through the in-land charted for the next few days.

Tropical Storm Florence dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and SC as it trudged inland on Saturday, knocking out power and causing at least eight deaths as flood waters that have devastated many communities kept rising.

Florence flattened trees, crumbled roads and the assault wasn't anywhere close to being over, with the siege in the Carolinas expected to last all weekend.

About a million customers in the two states are without power, the New York Times reports. Floyd produced 24 inches of rain in some parts of the state, while Florence has already dumped about 30 inches in areas around Swansboro.

Numerous roads were closed, and authorities warned of potential landslides, as well the possibility of flood waters imperiling dams and bridges as rivers and creeks swelled.

Authorities also confirmed a 78-year-old man's body was found outside by family after being electrocuted while trying to connect extension cords in the rain.

The Navy says nearly 30 Virginia-based ships and 128 aircraft sent away from their bases in the Hampton Roads-area because of now-Tropical Storm Florence have been given the go-ahead to return.

"Now it's turning into a significant flash flood event", Pfaff said.

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.

Five Killed as Florence Hammers the Carolinas
Hurricane expert Dr Rick Knabb warns: "Yes good news that intensity of Florence has come down, to lessen wind damage somewhat". It is expected to bring massive amounts of rain , devastating flooding gale-force winds that could knock out power for weeks.

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. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU". She tried to row out of her neighborhood Thursday night with a boat that was in her yard after her home began to flood, but she had to retreat because of the poor conditions. "We got thrown into mailboxes, houses, trees", said Holt, who had stayed at home because of a doctor's appointment that was later canceled.

The national meteorological center says southern China "will face a severe test caused by wind and rain" and urged officials to prepare for possible disasters. It has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, but is not going anywhere fast.

Its winds were down to 40 miles per hour.

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, had about 7 inches.

Across the Trent River from New Bern, Jerry and Jan Andrews returned home after evacuating to find carp flopping in their backyard near the porch stairs.

Wildlife also found itself directly affected by Florence's floodwaters, including these deer seen swimming through neck-deep water.

Wind gusts as high as 60 miles per hour were recorded in the Myrtle Beach area.

Up to 40 inches (102 cm) of rain are expected along coastal areas of the Carolinas and up to 10 inches in southwestern Virginia, it said.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted during the height of the storm.

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