SC governor gives update on Florence response at 2:30 PM

Hurricane Florence

That, and the storm's vast circumference of hundreds of miles, means Wilmington will be inundated with rain, the advisory said.

"We can't just snap our fingers on this one", he said.

"Our hearts go out to the families of those who died in this storm", Cooper said in a statement on Friday. "But every neighborhood seems to have been affected".

Two people died in Wilmington after a tree fell on their house, the city's police department said.

The hospital said it has received three injured patients. Her 6-foot-2 husband went to help, but the water was above his chest, she said.

"It's an emergency situation".

"The wind was so hard, the waters were so hard, that trying to get out we got thrown into trailers".

Florence will then turn back towards the eastern USA coast, making its way to Pennsylvania by 2 a.m. ET Tuesday.

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Aid can include grants for housing and home repairs, loans to cover property loss and emergency work.

It said it also provided assistance to local governments for clean-up efforts following the storm, including building repairs.

The storm roared ashore under the cover of darkness, pummeling the region with pounding rain, widespread flooding and catastrophic winds.

At 11 a.m., the center of Florence was about 20 miles (30 kilometers) southwest of Wilmington, its winds down to 80 mph (130 kmh), according to the hurricane center. One team from Maryland helped with about 40 rescues in New Bern starting Thursday, member Mitchell Rusland said. Some areas of SC could see rainfall totals of up to 15 inches, forecasters said. "This band could bring an additional 5 to 10 inches of rain to these areas, exacerbating ongoing flooding and likely leading to additional flooding", the bulletin said. Its winds were down to 45 miles per hour (75 kph). That is roughly double the rainfall from Hurricane Matthew in 2016, he said.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster asked people to remain patient during a last-minute news conference before Hurricane Florence begins to impact the state.

The National Hurricane Centre said Florence will eventually break up over the southern Appalachians and make a right hook to the northeast, its rainy remnants moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England by the middle of next week. The tropical storm's maximum sustained winds are holding steady, remaining at around 50 miles per hour, with higher gusts in heavy rainbands over water, the NWS said.

At 5 a.m., the center was all but parked over SC, about 35 miles (55 kilometers) west of Myrtle Beach, moving west-southwest at just 5 mph (8 kph) and scooping massive amounts of moisture from the sea. He said the gust was the strongest recorded in Wilmington since 1958.

An abandoned car's hazard lights continue to flash as it sits submerged in rising flood waters on Saturday morning after Florence struck Wilmington, N.C. Emergency crews also rescued an Onslow family from their home where a tree fell through the roof, Jordan said. Cooper cited a National Weather Service forecast that said almost the entire state could be covered in several feet of water.

The storm's powerful surges, winds and rain turned some towns into rushing rivers.

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