Losing Speed, Tropical Storm Florence Will Continue Slowly Through The Carolinas

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The storm is expected to turn west and then north moving through the Carolinas and the Ohio Valley by Monday, the NHC said early on Saturday.

Forecasters say the center of the eye of Hurricane Florence is about to make landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina.

At times, Florence was moving forward no faster than a human can walk, and it has remained such a wide storm that its counter-clockwise winds keep scooping up massive amounts of moisture from the sea.

By Friday evening, the center of the storm had moved to eastern SC, about 15 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

It's about the water, not the wind, with Hurricane Florence making an extended stay along the North Carolina coast. It said there will be "flooding miles and miles inland".

Storm surges - the bulge of ocean water pushed ashore by the hurricane - were as high as 10 feet (3 meters).

Hurricane Florence continues to assault North and SC in the U.S., with five persons reported dead on Friday night due to powerful, gusting winds and extremely heavy rain.

The enormous storm crept at a 6 miles per hour pace, making it clear that the trouble was just beginning.

This main threat - flooding - is coming into focus.

Ben Johnson, a resident of the town of Belhaven on the Pantego River, shared shocking videos to showcase the devastating effects the Florence-triggered floodings had caused in the area.

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Officials say two people died in Lenoir County.

Officials found a basketball-sized hole in the hotel wall and other life-threatening damage, with some cinder blocks crumbling and parts of the roof collapsing.

"Flash flooding will be extreme and flood waters will come up quickly and seemingly out of nowhere", the governor said earlier.

New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw told The Durham Herald-Sun around 5am that about 200 people had been rescued so far. A few rivers may reach or break previous all-time records.

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

At 5 a.m., the center was all but parked over SC, about 35 miles (55 kilometers) west of Myrtle Beach, moving west-southwest at just 5 mph (8 kph) and scooping massive amounts of moisture from the sea. The storm was expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said.

Florence plowed into the Carolinas and lumbered slowly inland on Friday, knocking down trees, gorging rivers, dumping sheets of rain and leaving five people dead before it was downgraded to a tropical storm still capable of wreaking havoc. Although the storm is passing north of Myrtle Beach, the concern now is that river water from North Carolina will flow into the area and combine with all the water that is already there.

The NWS says southern and central portions of North Carolina into far northeast SC are expected to report an additional 10 to 15 inches of rainfall - with storm totals between 30 and 40 inches along the coastal areas south of Cape Hatteras.

As Florence pounded away, it unloaded heavy rain, flattened trees, chewed up roads and knocked out power to more than a half-million homes and businesses.

Screaming winds bent trees and raindrops flew sideways as Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday.

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