Florence weakens; flooding still a major threat
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Tropical Storm Florence continues to weaken as it dumps dangerous amounts of rain across the Carolinas.
The National Hurricane Center said Florence's top sustained winds have weakened to 45 mph.
At 11 a.m. Saturday, Florence was moving west at 2 mph, with its center located about 40 miles west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The storm's extremely slow speed means the risk of catastrophic flooding remains high across both states. Some areas are forecast to receive up to 15 inches more rain, and storm totals could reach over 3 feet in some areas for the week.
National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham says areas like New Bern, North Carolina, could also see additional storm surge as high tide combines with the ocean waters still being pushed ashore by Florence's outer bands.