September 14, 2018 04:03 PM
Forecasters say Florence is now a tropical storm but will continue to threaten North and South Carolina with powerful winds and catastrophic freshwater flooding.
Its top sustained winds have dropped to 70 mph, and it's at a near standstill, moving west at just 3 mph.
At 5 p.m., Florence was centered about 50 miles west-southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 25 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles from its center. The National Hurricane Center said Florence is producing tropical storm-force wind gusts in Florence, South Carolina, about 60 miles from the coast.
Blowing ashore with howling 90 mph winds, Florence splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast Friday in what could be just the opening act in a watery, two-part, slow-motion disaster. At least four people were killed.
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The Associated Press
Updated: September 14, 2018 04:03 PM
Created: September 14, 2018 03:58 PM
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