Florence weakens to depression, flood risk rises

'We just don't want people to think this is over': North Carolina's governor gives a stark warning as Hurricane Florence continues ravaging the state

'We just don't want people to think this is over': North Carolina's governor gives a stark warning as Hurricane Florence continues ravaging the state

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) downgraded it to a tropical storm on Friday, but warned it would dump as much as 30 to 40 inches (76-102 cm) of rain on the southeastern coast of North Carolina and part of northeastern SC.

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.

Rescue crews used boats to carry more than 360 people from rising water in the river town of New Bern, North Carolina, while many of their neighbours awaited help.

Many residents who evacuated North Carolina's Outer Banks ahead of Hurricane Florence made their way Saturday back onto the barrier islands, a popular tourist destination spared from the worst of the storm's wrath.

Authorities in the U.S. state of North Carolina have warned residents that flooding could get worse.

"The flood danger from this storm is more immediate today than when it. made landfall 24 hours ago", Cooper said Saturday morning.

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"We moved all the furniture up in case the water comes in but the water seems to be staying at the edge of the driveway", he said, adding that if the wind picks up and the rain keeps coming, that could change.

The storm dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and SC as it trudged inland on Saturday.

Florence's intensity has diminished since it roared ashore along the US mid-Atlantic coast on Friday as a hurricane.

Because of that, Florence was weakened by the dry air and upper level winds of the higher latitudes.

And weather officials said more is coming, labeling as "extreme" the impacts from storm surge and flash flooding. The storm knocked out power to almost 930,000 homes and businesses, and the number could keep rising. They included three who died 'due to flash flooding and swift water on roadways, ' the Duplin County Sheriff's Office reported. An ominous tweet appeared on the historic North Carolina community's Twitter feed about 2 a.m. Friday.

In New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River left 500 people in peril.

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Meanwhile, tragedy struck one family in Wilmington when a tree fell on a house; a mother and a child were killed. Rains have been relentless, and Florence continues to dump a "catastrophic" amount of water in its path. So it's 'time to go out and have a drink'.

The storm has killed at least five people in North Carolina.

At 5 am Sunday, Florence was about 20 miles (35 kilometers) southwest of Columbia, South Carolina.

"If you are refusing to leave during this mandatory evacuation, you need to do things like notify your legal next of kin because the loss of life is very, very possible", Mayor Mitch Colvin said at a news conference.

"The cost to SC, if that happens, if the storm continues the way it is going, could be in the billions", Dahler said.

Home Depot and North Carolina-based Lowe's - the two biggest home supply companies - both activated sophisticated emergency command centers with their own meteorologists. "That's why we've been preaching to people that you have to get away from the water".

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