Florence turns deadly, unleashing ‘catastrophic floods on Carolinas

Trump declares administration ‘completely ready’ for Hurricane Florence

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

Hitting North Carolina on Friday, Hurricane Florence has slowed right down in its path, meaning the Carolinas are facing the brunt of the storm conditions.

Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order lifting evacuation orders for Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester and the Edisto Beach area of Colleton County effective at noon Saturday. It came ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline. The slow-moving storm is still dumping colossal amounts of rain on North Carolina and parts of northern SC. The figure for SC was 170 000 customers.

The National Hurricane Center's forecast for Florence as of 11am Saturday.

More than 2,300 Duke Energy customers in Spartanburg County were without power as of 11 a.m. Saturday as the Upstate began to feel the effects of Tropical Storm Florence.

Rivers and creeks rose toward historic levels, threatening flash flooding that could devastate communities and endanger dams, roads and bridges.

Some towns have received more than 2 feet (60 meters) of rain from Florence, and forecasters warned that drenching rains with as much as 3½ feet (1 meter) of water could trigger epic flooding well inland through early next week.

At least seven people were killed as hurricane Florence made landfall in the U.S. state of North Carolina, battering the state with a powerful combination of wind and rain.

North Carolina's governor Roy Cooper said: "Know that water is rising fast everywhere, even in places that don't typically flood". The rescues don't include any conducted by volunteer groups or individuals helping each other.

He said "24 to 36 hours remain for significant threats" from heavy rain, storm surges and flooding.

Up to 40 inches of rain and storm surges pushing water inland will produce catastrophic flash flooding, the National Hurricane Centre said.

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"The problem with this storm is it's not moving", he said.

"It's a big task, because our main priority is protecting lives", Jon Ingram, the Brunswick County, North Carolina sheriff, said on Saturday during an interview with FOX Business' Neil Cavuto.

Near Gilbert, also in Lexington County, Florence's winds pulled the entire roof off a mobile home on Wire Road, exposing the home's bare wooden beams as rain was expected to continue falling for hours.

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.

The worst also is likely yet to come for Conway, about 15 miles inland from Myrtle Beach in neighboring SC. But with half of the storm still out over the Atlantic, Florence continued to collect warm ocean water and dump it on land. But the storm was shaping up as a two-part disaster, with the second, delayed stage triggered by rainwater working its way into rivers and streams. The storm is some 400 miles (645 kilometers) wide.

And a fifth person reportedly died of a heart attack inside her home in Hampstead, North Carolina, the New York Post reported.

There had been at least 1,000 swift water rescues in North Carolina by early Monday, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety said.

Authorities in North Carolina are reporting two more weather-related deaths.

At least 4 people killed, including mother and baby.

That's the new North Carolina record for most rainfall from a single tropical system.

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