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The Latest: Florence expected to weaken as flood risk rises

FILE – In this Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 12, 2018 file photo provided by DroneBase, an aerial view of the Cape Fear River, N. C., in Buckhorn, N. C. is shown with a head start of Hurricane Florence. Record flooding is expected on North Carolina’s Cape Fear River in the coming week, and the signs of the coming flood, are already clear. The Cape Fear River is predicted to crest at 62 feet (nearly 19 meters) in Fayetteville on Tuesday, Sept. 18. (DroneBase via AP, File)

MYRTLE BEACH, S. C. – The Last Tropical Storm Florence (all times are local):

2:06 pm

Tropical Storm Florence is expected to weaken into depression soon, but flooding and major river flooding is expected to continue over major parts of the Carolinas.

The National Hurricane Center says excessive amounts of rain are still dumped in North Carolina, and the effect is expected to be “catastrophic.” In the 2 hours of an update Sunday, the center said also an increased risk of landslides is now expected in the west of North Carolina.

Forecasters say the heavy rains will also be expected early in the week in parts of West Virginia and the west-central portion of Virginia. Both countries are also at a risk of dangerous flooding and river flooding.

At 2 pm, and Sunday Florence was about 25 miles (45 kilometers) southeast of Columbia, South Carolina. It has the highest sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) and is moving west at 6 km / h (9 km / h).

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1:05 pm

North Carolina is bracing for what could be the next phase of the still-unfolding disaster: wide, catastrophic river flood of Florence.

After the blow from the shore if a hurricane with 90 mph (145 km / h) wind, Florence virtually parked itself much of the weekend at the top of the Carolinas as the drawn warm water from the ocean and hurled the country. Storm surges, floods and winds have spread destruction on a large scale, and the Navy, the coast guard and volunteers used boats, helicopters and heavy vehicles to conduct hundreds of rescues as of Saturday.

The death toll from the hurricane-turned-tropical storm has now risen to 11.

Rivers are swelling in the direction of record highs forecaster warn, and thousands of people are ordered to evacuate, out of fear that the coming days would bring some of the most devastating floods in North Carolina history.

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