Storm Florence weakened on Sunday but dozens of communities are devastated and ‘epic’ amounts of rain could still fall, according to local officials.
The storm was downgraded to a Tropical Depression about 5 a.m. as it trudged inland early Sunday, knocking out power and causing at least eight deaths as flood waters kept rising.
North Carolina officials have reported at least seven storm-related fatalities with unconfirmed reports of a further three deaths. South Carolina authorities reported one death.
‘This is still a catastrophic, life threatening storm,’ said Zack Taylor, a meteorologist with the National Weather Center’s Weather Prediction Center.