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More than 2,300 without power in Spartanburg County as Florence sets in

18 September 2018

DEMA made the announcement Saturday adding that the team will deploy through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) and hopes to arrive in Raleigh, North Carolina later in the day.

The storm's center is crawling over SC, but many of its main rain bands still are over already-saturated North Carolina - setting up what may be days of flooding for some communities.

Thousands of people living within a mile (1.5 kilometers) of the banks of North Carolina's Cape Fear River and Little River were ordered Saturday to evacuate because they faced "imminent danger" from flooding as river basins filled beyond their capacity.

Florence was one of two major storms threatening millions of people on opposite sides of the world. "If the river rises to the level they say it's going to, then this warehouse is going to be under water".

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons (36 trillion liters), enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches (25 centimeters).

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Hennessy-Fiske reported from Conway, S.C., Megerian from New Bern, N.C., and Jarvie from Fayetteville, N.C.

Also of concern is the sprawling Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia and Marine Corps bases at Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point in North Carolina and at Parris Island in SC. While the amount is unofficial, it would shatter the old record of 24 inches - set near Wilmington during Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

That's just the number of customers without power in the Carolinas.

Florence is forecast to "drop nearly double" the volume of rain over the state compared to Floyd, tweeted Ryan Maue, meteorologist for

Florence crashed ashore Friday morning in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane, and it has wiped out power to about 964,000 customers in that state and SC.

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Florence was moving west-southwest at about 5 miles per hour (7 km/h), with its center located over eastern SC.

The worst natural disaster in North Carolina history was Hurricane Floyd in 1999, which dumped almost 2 feet (60 centimeters) of rain and flooded a broad swath of the coastal plain, swamping whole towns and dozens of hog farm lagoons containing millions of gallons (liters) of untreated urine and feces.

Hurricane Florence is a massive storm, and some of its girth is due to climate change, according to a new study that finds that the hurricane is 50 miles (80 km) larger and has 50 percent more rain than it would if human-made climate change weren't affecting it, previously reported. One model even shows the potential for an additional 30 inches, although that may be overdone.

Eduardo Munoz / Reuters A downed tree rests on a house during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of Wilson, North Carolina.

Tennessee distributed 1,067 free tickets to its game with UTEP to Hurricane Florence evacuees from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

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Parts of North and SC can expect an additional 10 to 15 inches.

Southeast North Carolina has taken the brunt of the storm thus far, with several areas suffering through flood emergencies, which continued to worsen overnight Friday in places like Jacksonville. That means its torrential rains will be felt harder.

Storm Florence may have weakened but the full extent of the damage it has wreaked may not become clear for days.

On Thursday afternoon, the storm's outer rain bands began lashing down on the coast.

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More than 2,300 without power in Spartanburg County as Florence sets in