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The Last: ‘Catastrophic’ flooding is expected in south Carolina

The waves from Hurricane Florence pound the Bogue Inlet Pier in Emerald Isle, N. C., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Tom Copeland)

WILMINGTON, N. C. – The Last Hurricane Florence (all times are local):

2 hours

The National Hurricane Center says that “catastrophic” freshwater flooding is expected over parts of the Carolinas as Hurricane Florence centimeters closer to the US east coast.

The now Category 1 storm intensity is reduced as the country neared, with the wind dropping to 90 mph (135 km / h) by the falling of the evening. But that, in combination with the storm is the slowing down of the forward movement and heavy rainfall, had Gov. Roy Cooper is warning of an impending disaster.

From 2 a.m., Florence was centered about 35 miles (55 kilometres) east of Wilmington, North Carolina. The forward motion is slightly increased to 6 km / h (9 km / h). Hurricane-force winds extended 90 miles (150 kilometers) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds of up to 195 miles (315 km).

Forecasters say the combination of a life-threatening storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the coast.

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11 hours

Hurricane Florence has already flooded streets in the ocean with water and left tens of thousands without power, and more is to come.

Screaming wind bent trees and raindrops flew sideways as Florence’s leading edge, battered the Carolina coast Thursday.

The storm of the intensity is reduced as the country neared, with the wind dropping to 90 mph (135 km / h) by the falling of the evening. But that, in combination with the storm is the slowing down of the forward movement and heavy rainfall, had Gov. Roy Cooper is warning of an impending disaster.

Forecasters said Florence’s surge can cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet (3.4 meters) of the ocean water, and the days of the rains could unload more than 3 feet (0.9 meters) of rain, the touch of a severe flood.

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