National Hurricane Center Updates Current Status of Tropical Storm Florence

'Relentless rains' continue as Florence nearly stalls over Carolinas

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Emergency workers went door to door urging people to flee Florence's rising waters and used inflatable boats to rescue others as the storm practically parked itself over land and poured on the rain Saturday, raising fears that North Carolina could be in for the most disastrous flooding in its history.

Florence's intensity has diminished since it roared ashore, but its slow march over the two states, crawling west at only 3 km (2 miles) per hour, threatens to leave large parts of the region deluged in the coming days.

Rivers are swelling toward record levels, forecaster warn, and thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate for fear that the next few days could bring some of the most destructive flooding in North Carolina history.

Tropical Storm Florence keeps drenching the central Carolinas and is expected to generate up to 380 millimetres of rain before it swings north over the Appalachian Mountains and into the Ohio Valley on Monday.

Parts of southern North Carolina and northeastern SC could see another foot or more of rain over the weekend, according to National Weather Service.

With flood waters advancing rapidly in many communities, around 50 stranded people had been airlifted out by helicopter in North Carolina, said Petty Officer Michael Himes of the U.S. Coast Guard.

In Goldsboro, North Carolina, home of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, roads that frequently flood were already closed Saturday by rushing water.

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

The White House said President Donald Trump approved making federal funding available in some affected counties.

Trump, who plans to visit the region next week and he tweeted his "deepest sympathies and warmth" to the families and friends of those who had lost their lives.

Death toll rises to 11 as Florence continues battering US East Coast
Spanish moss waved in the trees as the winds picked up in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City. Hurricane Florence, now a tropical storm, is tearing through the Carolinas with heavy rainfall and 50 miles per hour wind .

At 11 a.m., Florence was centered about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, inching west at 2 mph (4 kph) - not even as fast as a person can walk.

Northern South Carolina and southwestern Virginia: 5 to 10 inches, isolated 15 inches.

The Cape Fear River near Fayetteville is projected to rise nearly 45 feet (14 metres) to 62 feet (19 metres) by Tuesday.

"You evacuate from water", Cline said.

"The worst is yet to come", he added.

After looking at an analysis of expected rainfall, flooding and the effects of Hurricane Matthew, which hit SC as a Category 1 storm in 2016, officials determined that the Pee Dee River basin could flood, swelling rivers that would overtake a number of bridges on major routes, as early as Monday night.

He said that on Saturday morning, the floodwaters around his home had dropped, leaving a multitude of trees and other debris in their wake. Sutton was retired in 2013 and the company has been excavating ash to remove to safer lined landfills.

Officials warned that the flooding was only just starting. - A 78-year-old man was electrocuted in the rain while trying to connect extension cords for a generator, Lenoir County, North Carolina spokesman Bryan Hanks says.

Meanwhile, in SC, at least one gator seemed to be cool with the outer bands of wind and rain that whipped the Myrtle Beach area.

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

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