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Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm early Friday evening, with maximum winds of around 70 miles per hour.

There will be a press conference with the FEMA administrator in charge of response to Hurricane Florence and the rains and flooding that have accompanied the storm.

As of noon, Swansboro, North Carolina, had almost 31 inches of rain, Emerald Isle had over 23, and Wilmington and Goldsboro had about a foot. Wilmington police tweeted that the father was transported to the hospital with unspecified injuries.

Videos posted to social media show water gushing through the streets and carrying debris as winds cause trees to rip from their roots. When they bought to the home, the girl was boring, authorities acknowledged.

A 77-year-old man was apparently knocked down by the wind and died after going out to check on his hunting dogs, Lenoir County authorities said.

At 8 a.m. Saturday, Florence stalled about 35 miles (55 kilometres) west of Myrtle Beach, moving forward at just 2 mph (4 kph), with top sustained winds of 50 mph (80 kph).

Upriver along the Cape Fear is Carolina Transformer Co., a 5-acre (2-hectare) Superfund site in Fayetteville that also contains contaminated soil and groundwater contaminated with PCBs.

The storm's death toll climbed to 15 when a pickup truck ran off Interstate 20 in SC and struck an overpass support, killing the driver. That, in turn, could trigger epic flooding well inland.

Thousands of the 20,000 people staying in more than 150 shelters this weekend and others waiting it out elsewhere won't be able to return to their homes for good any time soon.

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She said she called 911, but no one came.

Those who stayed behind gave harrowing accounts of getting trapped in their homes surrounded by water. Nonetheless the water stored rising.

She, her husband and three children escaped into the attic, but the winds howled, and the family fled to an upper floor bedroom. As they waited for emergency workers, they heard neighbors screaming for relief.

Wildlife also found itself directly affected by Florence's floodwaters, including these deer seen swimming through neck-deep water.

There have been "several hundred" rescue operations, Governor Cooper said. Trump has had a weeklong obsession with insisting the unprecedented disaster in Puerto Rico was actually a big success for his administration, and his ongoing refusal to accept the revised death total has already prompted widespread condemnation and prompted a political crisis among Republican candidates in Florida.

Tropical Storm Florence continues to weaken as it dumps risky amounts of rain across the Carolinas. Be a part of for Florence alertsFlorence is undoubtedly one of Four named storms in the Atlantic.

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.

As it moves near OH and West Virginia, it will become a remnant low.

Dozens of polluted industrial sites, chemical plants, coastal shipyards and military bases are in Florence's path, along with scores of low-lying water and sewage treatment plants at risk of flooding. CNN's Tina Burnside and Steve Almasy contributed to this document.


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