Storm Florence: North Carolina governor warns of ‘epic’ inland flooding – as it happened

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Storm Florence: North Carolina governor warns of ‘epic’ inland flooding – as it happened

Five people have died in North Carolina and although the hurricane has been downgraded to a tropical storm, storm surges and strong winds could pose a danger for days
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We are winding down this liveblog for the evening, and here is what we know right now.

In Lumberton, North Carolina, the Lumber River is dangerously close to flooding.

Officials say the river is currently at 14.45ft and is projected to rise another 10 feet tomorrow.

The Lumber River. This is on the Caton Road bridge, about five miles southwest of Lumberton. The river is flowing fast and about 3ft from the bottom of the bridge… NWS say it will rise 10ft by tomorrow pic.twitter.com/ljr1WDqmZJ

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