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Sunday, 16 September 2018

Flooding threatens the Carolinas as Florence is downgraded to a tropical storm

<p>This aerial photo shows a sailboat stacked up onto a house as a result from Florence, now a tropical storm, in New Bern, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (Photo: Steve Helber/AP) </p>

Authorities on Saturday warned residents displaced by a killer hurricane against returning home, as storm Florence dumped “epic amounts of rainfall” across the eastern United States, resulting in life-threatening flooding.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told reporters that five deaths have been officially confirmed in his state, with several more under investigation.
The figure included a woman and her baby killed when a tree fell on their house.
Florence made landfall Friday as a Category 1 hurricane but has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, even as it continued to wreak havoc along the East Coast, downing trees and power lines and forcing 20,000 people to flee to shelters. (AFP)

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