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Florence dumps heavy rain on Carolinas, kills 7

15 September 2018

Hurricane Florence will slow down as it approaches the coast and moves inland.

The rain is resulting in catastrophic flooding in southeast North Carolina that is spreading into the state's interior, even into the population centers of Raleigh and Charlotte.

Computer models mostly show the remnants of Florence tracking into western North Carolina on Sunday afternoon, before making a sharp turn to the north/northeast as the storm begins to get picked up by the jet stream over North America. Electricity remained out for much of the city, with power lines lying across many roads like wet strands of spaghetti. Areas from Wilmington through Fayetteville to Charlotte will experience 500-year to 1,000-year flood events, he said.

Rainfall has been heavy and consistent in the areas of the storm, with Florence expected to cascade up to 40 inches of rain across southern and central portions of North Carolina into far northeastern SC.

Tropical Storm Florence, downgraded from a hurricane Friday, remains over the Grand Strand Saturday with the National Weather Service warning of potential flash flooding and storm surge.

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

More than 60 people had to be pulled from a collapsing motel at the height of the storm.

There have been "several hundred" rescue operations, Governor Cooper said.

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Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com said Florence could dump a staggering 18 trillion gallons (68 trillion liters) of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland.

Florence's fatality count rose to seven on September 15, as the storm continued hammering the Carolinas and surrounding states.

A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from Wilmington police.

The father was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment. In Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris.

Two people in Lenoir County were killed: a 78-year-old Kinston man who was electrocuted when connecting extension cords in the rain and a 77-year-old man who was blown down by the wind when he went to check on his hunting dogs.

A North Carolina city says about 70 people have been rescued from a hotel whose structural integrity is being threatened by Hurricane Florence.

Early on Friday, South Carolina emergency officials said there was still time, "but not a lot of time" for people to leave flood-prone areas.

It already had, in Beaufort County and its capital city, Washington, where 300 people were rescued from flooded homes. "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.

Over 645,000 power outages were reported Friday morning.

Flooding concerns extend beyond the coast of North Carolina as well. More than 22,600 people were housed in 150 shelters statewide, including schools, churches and Wake Forest University's basketball arena. Another 400 people were in shelters in Virginia, where forecasts were less dire.

The White House said on Friday President Donald Trump had spoken with state and local officials, assuring them the federal government was prepared to help.

Florence dumps heavy rain on Carolinas, kills 7