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Florence kills 7, triggers flash flooding and “frightening” rainfall

Florence kills 7, triggers flash flooding and “frightening” rainfall

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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.

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

Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, early on Friday morning. The storm has been blamed for at least 7 fatalities as of Saturday morning.

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

florenceSaturday, Sept. 15, 2018, after heavy wind and rain from Florence, now a tropical storm, blew through New Bern, N.C. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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

A flash flood emergency is unfolding across a stretch of North Carolina as a stationary heavy rain band from Florence has been sitting over the region, which spans from Wilmington to Jacksonville and Swansboro along the coast to just south of Raleigh and Fayetteville inland.

AccuWeather Chief Broadcast Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said that the persistent rain band on the south side of Florence is “just frightening.”

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.

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