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Florence demoted to tropical storm status, but remains dangerous

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This photo provided by Angie Propst, shows a boat wedged in trees during Hurricane Florence in Oriental, N.C, one of nine incorporated municipalities in Pamlico County, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (Angie Propst via AP)

Tropical Storm Florence’s maximum sustained winds remained at 70 mph, and it continued trudging inland at 3 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 8 p.m. update.

The storm weakened after making landfall Friday morning as a Category 1 hurricane. 

Florence will continue to move inland through Friday evening and the weekend, the NHC said. The center of the storm is expected to continue moving through eastern South Carolina Friday night before heading generally northward through western North Carolina and the central Appalachian Mountains, the NHC said.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles. A sustained wind of 55 mph and gust of 72 mph was reported at the National Ocean Service Station at Johnny Mercer Pier in Wrightsville Beach, the NHC said.

Florence had dropped to a Category 1 hurricane Thursday night before making landfall Friday morning. Even though its winds continue to weaken, statewide power outages exceed 615,000 and five lives have been claimed.

Further weakening is expected Friday night.  Then, significant weakening is expected as the storm moves further inland.

Florence has already brought storm surge that flooded significant portions of coastal and eastern North Carolina.

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