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.READ MORE: Dolphins Come Through With Dominating Performance, Blowing Out Panthers 33-10
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.READ MORE: CBS4’s Mike Cugno Catches Up With Nat Moore Trophy Finalists QB Zion Turner & DE Marvin Jones Jr.
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.