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Reports: Florence kills at least 5, triggers flash flood emergencies in North Carolina as ‘frightening’ rainfall ensues

September 18, 2018 Visit USA No Comments Email Email

More than 24 hours have passed since Florence made landfall and the storm is no longer a hurricane, but flooding issues only continue to mount across the Carolinas.

Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, early on Friday morning. The storm has been blamed for at least five fatalities as of Saturday morning.

Download the free AccuWeather app to stay up-to-date with Florence’s impacts to the eastern coast of the United States.

A sailboat is shoved up against a house and a collapsed garage Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, after heavy wind and rain from Florence blew through New Bern, North Carolina.

Nearly 1 million customers have lost power across North and South Carolina since Florence first began impacting the region on Thursday.

Excessive rainfall will contribute to more catastrophic flooding across southeastern and south-central North Carolina and into northeastern South Carolina this weekend.

Gusty winds downing trees, isolated tornadoes and coastal flooding can further damage property and increase the number of residents without power.

Rainfall totals have already exceeded a foot in several locations, and the rain is not expected to let up any time soon.

Early next week, Florence will bring a threat of heavy rainfall and flooding farther north up the spine of the Appalachians and perhaps into the eastern Ohio Valley.

AccuWeather correspondents are live in the Carolinas bringing you coverage on our free app, AccuWeather.com, and the AccuWeather Network.

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