Even though Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to Tropical Storm Florence, it is still dangerous due to its slow-moving pace that is causing torrential rains and heavy flooding.
Rescue and response operations are underway Saturday in the Carolinas after Tropical Storm Florence battered homes up and down the coast, killing at least five people and leaving millions of others in the dark.
Officials fear there’s more to come.
“It’s like being stalked by a turtle,” FEMA associate director Jeffrey Byard said about the slow-moving storm. “There’s a lot of rain to come. There’s a lot of rain that’s fallen.”
Officials warned residents that while the wind has backed off some, the torrential downpour will likely continue through the weekend, producing flash floods and possible landslides — making it difficult for evacuated residents to return home and assess the damage.