Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
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'Relentless rains' continue as Florence almost stalls over Carolinas

'Relentless rains' continue as Florence almost stalls over Carolinas

A video of a live segment of him in Wilmington, North Carolina, shows him bracing his feet on where he's standing, presumably so he won't be blown over during his segment.

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.

"All school closures, except those in Horry and Georgetown counties, are right now, immediately returned to local school authorities", McMaster said. "The water started rising and we evacuated nearly an entire TV station in about 15 minutes".

"Life-threatening storm surge will continue along portions of the North Carolina coast through today, and also along the Neuse and Pamlico Sound, where rainfall and fresh water flooding will also contribute to high water levels", the update read. Storm totals could reach between 30 and 40 inches in some areas.

Storm surges, punishing winds and rain are turning some towns into rushing rivers - and the storm is expected to crawl over parts of the Carolinas into the weekend, pounding some of the same areas over and over.

Florence peaked at a terrifying Category 4 with top winds of 140 mph over warm ocean water before making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line. "In addition to the flash flood and flooding threat, landslides are also possible in the higher terrain of the southern and central Appalachians across western North Carolina in southwest Virginia". "This band could bring an additional 5 to 10 inches of rain to these areas, exacerbating ongoing flooding and likely leading to additional flooding", the bulletin said. "Dangerous storm surge could also affect portions of the northeast coast of SC coast today". That is roughly double the rainfall from Hurricane Matthew in 2016, he said.

According to the National Hurricane Centre's 8am AST (1pm BST) advisory: "Florence remains a very large storm, which will produce risky impacts across southeastern North Carolina and northeastern SC for the next couple of days".

Forecasters said the Category 1 storm's extreme size meant it could batter the US East Coast with hurricane-force winds for almost a full day.

The Navy says the aircraft will make their way back beginning Saturday, and the ships will start to return Sunday.

At 8 a.m. Saturday, Florence stalled about 35 miles (55 kilometers) west of Myrtle Beach, moving forward at just 2 mph (4 kph), with top sustained winds of 50 mph (80 kph). Later Friday, a wind gust of 68 miles per hour was measured at a station in Wrightsville Beach, near Wilmington.

A man sits on a park bench in a flooded park as the Cape Fear River rises above its usual height in Wilmington, N.C., on Friday. It had crested parts of the downtown river walk by the evening hours. Electricity remained out for much of the city, with power lines lying across many roads like wet strands of spaghetti.

The storm's powerful surges, winds and rain turned some towns into rushing rivers.

The father was injured in the incident and was transported to a hospital, officials said.

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