According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm will travel through upstate SC, be downgraded to a tropical depression, then turn north toward the Ohio Valley. It continues to chug west, slowing down from 5 miles per hour to 2 miles per hour. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.
A downed tree and water from the Neuse river are seen on a flooded street during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern, North Carolina, on September 14, 2018.
Florence flattened trees, damaged buildings and crumpled roads.
"This system is unloading an epic amount of rainfall: in some places, measured in feet, not inches". The Little River, the Cape Fear, the Lumber, the Neuse, the Waccamaw and the Pee Dee were all projected to rise over their banks, flooding cities and towns.
In North Carolina, rivers rose to record levels and more people have been asked to evacuate as authorities worry another round of flooding could come in the next few days.
In the Fayetteville area, John Rose owns a furniture business with stores less than a mile (1.6 kilometers) away from the Cape Fear River.
The H.F. Lee Power Station near Goldsboro has three inactive ash basins that flooded during Hurricane Matthew in 2016, exposing a small amount of coal ash that may have flowed into the nearby Neuse River.
National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said radar and rain gauges indicated some areas got as much as 2½ feet of rain, which he called "absolutely staggering". Along with other home cleanup and fix work ministries, Frazier said his group works to "basically restore somebody back to where they were as much as we can".
The centre said the storm would dump as much as 40 inches (102 cm) of rain along coastal areas of the Carolinas, as well as up to 10 inches in southwestern Virginia.
Cline said July was the wettest ever in that part of North Carolina, and the water table rose 21 inches higher than normal.
"It typically takes 30 days from the date an NFIP policy is purchased for it to go into effect", FEMA says on it's website.
By tomorrow afternoon, the center of Florence is expected to be across western SC.
The hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm on Friday evening, and the National Weather Servicesaid early Saturday that it was "slowly weakening".
Wind gusts as high as 60 miles per hour were recorded in the Myrtle Beach area.
"We have 4,200 damaged homes", he said, urging residents to not wade out into the streets because of the dangers posed by downed power lines.
More than 300 volunteers from nine USA states have joined the relief effort in North Carolina, according to ABC News. "We all know that".
In Washington, President Donald Trump was briefed by telephone Saturday on Florence's impact.
Parts of North and SC were forecast to get as much as 40 inches of rain (1 meter).
Downgraded to a Tropical Storm, its core is now drifting westward over SC, threatening more flash floods and major river flooding.
The center of the storm is hovering over eastern SC, after making landfall at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, on Friday. But the storm was shaping up as a two-part disaster, with the second, delayed-action stage consisting of inland flooding, caused by rainwater working its way into rivers and streams.
As of 8 p.m., Florence was centered about 65 miles (100 kilometers) east-southeast of Columbia, the SC capital, crawling west at 2 mph (4 kph) - not even as fast as a person walking. "Dangerous storm surge could also affect portions of the northeast coast of SC coast today".
The city of Jacksonville's statement says people have been moved to the city's public safety center as officials work to find a more permanent shelter.