Florence weakens to depression, flood risk rises

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Florence crashed ashore Friday morning in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane, and it has wiped out power to about 796,000 customers in that state and SC.

The Coast Guard is working to rescue people trapped in the northeast part of North Carolina, and reported rescuing five individuals so far. It was moving west at 3 miles per hour, the National Weather Service said. Both states also are at a risk of risky flash floods and river flooding. Another person was arrested for allegedly looting an Exxon gas station and convenience store.

Along with this projection, NHC warned of "life-threatening" storm surges and floods throughout both North Carolina and SC. Floyd was a Category 2 hurricane moving at 17 miles per hour.

Florence weakened to a tropical depression early Sunday, but that was little consolation to residents in North Carolina who have seen over 2 feet rain and are now fearing major river flooding to start the week.

"It's like being stalked by a turtle", Federal Emergency Management Agency official Jeff Byard told reporters.

"Amazing. They did awesome", said Knox, who was stranded with seven others including a boy in a life vest. An elevated risk of landslides is also now expected in western North Carolina.

"This storm is relentless and excruciating", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told CNN late on Friday.

Storm surges - the bulge of ocean water pushed ashore by the hurricane - were as high as 10 feet. SC recorded its first death from the storm when officials said a 61-year-old woman was killed when her vehicle hit a tree that had fallen across a highway.

The National Hurricane Center expects Florence to dump an additional 30-40 inches of rain along the North Carolina coast and produce flash flooding.

Aerial footage show just how badly Florence has ravaged areas of North Carolina.

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In Lumberton, residents warily looked at the rapidly rising river in the North Carolina city, which was submerged for days after 2016's Hurricane Matthew. "Flood waters are rising, & if you aren't watching for them, you are risking life". Flooding was expected to start on Saturday night.

The Lumber is considered flooded at 13ft, and the National Weather Service predicted on Saturday that it will crest at 24.9ft on Sunday afternoon, deluging neighborhoods in its path.

Onslow County Communications Director Cornelius Jordan said "flooding is everywhere" throughout the county.

The story, which is no longer the top story on the site, falsely states the Myrtle Beach authorities announced they were done responding to emergency calls until conditions improved.

Official predict that when the water reaches 26 feet, the barriers will be overwhelmed.

McMaster had ordered residents in most of the state's coastal counties to evacuate ahead of Florence's arrival.

Power outages exceeded 27,000 in the metro area by 3 a.m. Sunday, the paper added.

The states of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland, as well as Washington D.C., declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm.

Florence is expected to continue to drop heavy rainfall on the Carolinas in the coming days in addition to Virginia and West Virginia.

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