Tropical Storm Florence moving slowly westward, heavy rains & catastrophic flooding continue

Tropical Storm Florence is slowly crawling westward across the eastern part of South Carolina, with heavy rains and catastrophic flooding continuing across parts of both Carolinas.

As of 5 a.m. Monday, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 30 mph and was moving NNE at 13 mph.

Florence is about 125 miles WSW of Roanoke, Virginia.

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SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

OFFICIAL UPDATE:

At 500 AM EDT (0900 UTC), the center of Tropical Depression Florence
was located near latitude 36.9 North, longitude 82.2 West. The
depression is moving toward the north-northeast near 13 mph (20
km/h) and this motion is expected to become northeasterly today
before accelerating and becoming more easterly on Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 30 mph (45 km/h) with higher gusts.
Some weakening is expected today before re-intensifying as it
transitions to an extratropical cyclone Tuesday and Wednesday.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1008 mb (29.77 inches).


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
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RAINFALL: Florence is expected to produce heavy and excessive
rainfall over the next couple of days. Portions of the
Mid Atlantic states west of Interstate 95 into southeern
New York and southern New England are expected to receive
an additional 2 to 4 inches of rain...with isolated
maximum amounts of 6 inches possible.

For more information on rainfall totals please see the Storm Summary
available at www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/discussions/nfdscc4.html

TORNADOES:  A couple of tornadoes remain possible from northeast
South Carolina and eastern/central North Carolina into parts of
Virginia, western Maryland, and southern Pennsylvania through
today.


NEXT ADVISORY
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Next complete advisory at 1100 AM EDT.

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