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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Tropical Storm Florence continues its extremely slow trek across eastern South Carolina as heavy rains and catastrophic flooding continue across portions of North and South Carolina.

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The National Hurricane Center said the storm came ashore around 7:15 a.m. Friday near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane.

At 5:00 p.m., the center of the storm was 60 miles west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It was crawling west-southwest at 2 mph with maximum sustained winds decreasing to 45 mph with higher gusts.

A slow westward motion is expected to continue through today. A turn toward the west-northwest and northwest is expected on Sunday. Florence is forecast to turn northward through the Ohio Valley by Monday.

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Gradual weakening is forecast while Florence moves farther inland during the next couple of days, and it is expected to weaken to a tropical depression later tonight.

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A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for South Santee River South Carolina to Surf City North Carolina.